past the line of scrimmage and at or toward the goal line of the defensive team: He sent his receivers downfield. Downfield blocking is important on passes.
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How to use downfield in a sentence
He had three completions in the NFC title game that traveled more than 20 yards downfield, and he could have even more in the Super Bowl.Predictions for Super Bowl LV: Lots of scoring, plus a concern for Patrick Mahomes | John Clayton | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
That capped a five-yard, 75-yard drive in which Alabama again moved downfield with little apparent obstruction from Ohio State defenders.The Alabama football dynasty collects another title with a 52-24 rout of Ohio State | Chuck Culpepper, Des Bieler | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Landry took it the rest of the way, with the help of a solid block downfield by wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.Browns shake off their history, secure first playoff win since 1995 | Adam Kilgore, Des Bieler | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
If you’re going to lead a fourth-quarter comeback, you probably need to do it with a QB who can push the ball downfield successfully.Were The Eagles Tanking? Or Were They Just Being The Eagles? | Sara Ziegler (firstname.lastname@example.org) | January 4, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
There are so many things that Fields isn’t supposed to be — a Heisman finalist, an accurate downfield passer.Justin Fields put No. 1 Alabama — and the NFL — on notice with a masterful Sugar Bowl | Barry Svrluga | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star | Robert Silverman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Slowly but steadily Stichweh moved Army downfield, relying primarily on runs by himself and his three backs.In the Wake of JFK’s death, Remembering the Army-Navy Game of 1963 | Nicolaus Mills | December 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The question is: What priority enterprises should you set in motion or move further downfield?