Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Sports To, into, or in the defensive team's end of the field.

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  • adj. Toward the defending team's end of the playing field
  • adj. Describing an NMR resonance at a higher frequency to that of a reference signal

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field
  • adv. toward or in the defending team's end of the playing field

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Examples

  • WR: Devery Henderson, New Orleans — Drew Brees 'first look downfield is his way.

    All-Joe team rewards NFL grunts whose work lets the gridiron stars shine

  • Best hustle: Herndon might have run his interception back for a touchdown — with Ben Roethlisberger buried on a block — if not for Randle El. The receiver sprinted downfield from the opposite side of the field to make the tackle on Herndon.

    USATODAY.com - Bests and worsts from Super Bowl XL

  • On third down of that series -- a 3rd and 6 -- they failed to convert with JaMarcus Russell missed a gaping running lane in front of him elected to throw the ball downfield, which is always a low-percentage play for him.

    Greg Hanlon: At the Top of Their Game: Giants 44 - Raiders 7

  • Missouri only sacked Jones once, but the Tigers got in his face enough early that Oklahoma abandoned the idea of downfield passing and settled for quick bubble screens, rendered ineffective by Missouri's sure tackling.

    SI.com

  • Coach Randy Shannon said that the team called downfield passes, but that receivers weren't open.

    Rivals.com: College Football News, Schedules and Scores Headlines

  • You all keep bringing up what the Fox announcers said and showed blah blah .... well do you not recall the downfield passing chart on Kyle Orton that they showed a half dozen times?

    Inside the Panthers

  • Tom Gower: In the Battle of the Suckiest Bunch of Sucks That Ever Did Suck, Detroit Lions pass efense fails harder than Cleveland's pass ffense, as Massaquoi is open by about 10 yards downfield which is enough room for Quinn to find him for a 59 yard TD. by James-London:: Mon, 11/23/2009 - 12: 40pm

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  • : In the Battle of the Suckiest Bunch of Sucks That Ever Did Suck, Detroit Lions pass efense fails harder than Cleveland's pass ffense, as Massaquoi is open by about 10 yards downfield which is enough room for Quinn to find him for a 59 yard TD.

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  • QB Donovan McNabb will be left to his streaky fate to find some kind of downfield offense with his best receivers DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant and TE Brent Celek.

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  • Braylon Edwards is severely limited by the talent around him, but newly minted starting QB Derek Anderson doesn't mind flinging the ball downfield, meaning Edwards will at least have the opportunity to make big gainers, something he wasn't afforded with

    SI.com

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