Sports To, into, or in the defensive team's end of the field.(adverb)
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Use "downfield" in a sentence
"WR: Devery Henderson, New Orleans — Drew Brees 'first look downfield is his way."
"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."
"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."