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What is a first down?


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2005-01-03 11:29:31
2005-01-03 11:29:31

In football, a first down is when the football is moved forward at least 10 yards since the last first down was called. It is the first set of four attempts to begin the cycle again. As with any large goal (a touchdown), it is important to break it down into immediately acievable goals. It is very difficult for any one player to win a game alone, but they can push to get a first down every time they touch the ball. You wouldn't want tto throw a "Hail Mary" every play because the odds are against you being able to score that way.

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First down means you have four tries to get another first down or score points. Second down means you only have three tries to get another first down or score points before it's automatically turnover on downs. Additionally a first down is accomplished by progressing 10 yards.

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