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Line Judge Tom Symonette oversees the action on first down between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs

Line Judge Tom Symonette oversees the action on first down between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs

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Definition: The first play of every series.

Examples: The offense must gain 10 yards or more in four downs to be awarded another first down.

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