NFL Game Changers: Third-Down Conversions
NFL Game Changers: Third-Down Conversions

Excelling on third down extends drives and keeps your opponent off the field, making it a pivotal factor in winning games.

Last season, the New Orleans Saints led the NFL with the highest third-down conversion percentage (48.3), followed by the Dallas Cowboys (47.3) and Green Bay Packers (47.2).

Both the Cowboys and Packers tied for the NFL lead with 12 wins and each club won its division.

"Third downs are critical," says Dallas head coach JASON GARRETT. "You have to keep drives alive, you have to get off the field and you have to do it on a consistent basis. One of the best things we've done as a team offensively is convert on third down. It's been a good thing for us. I think it's helped our entire team."


TThe NFL teams with the best third-down conversion percentage (2014)

Team Attempts Conversions Pct
(Source: NFL)
New Orleans2039848.3
Green Bay1979347.2
San Diego2159745.1

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