What does 2nd down mean in football?

2nd down in football is the second of four downs in the down cycle. If the offense doesn’t reach the 1st down marker on the 1st down, it then becomes 2nd down. For example, if the offense gains three yards on 1st down, the next play will be on 2nd and 7 (2nd down and 7 yards to the 1st down line).

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