# Football Third Down Conversion Percentage

## What is third down conversion percentage in football?

Third down conversion percentage in Football is the percentage at which a team converts a third down into a first down during the course of a game. It is calculated by dividing the total number of successful first down conversions on third down by the total number of third down conversion attempts.

## How is Third Down Conversion Percentage Calculated?

Third Down Conversion Percentage, or sometimes called Third Down Percentage, is the percentage at which a team converts a Third Down into a First Down. Third Down Conversion Percentage is calculated by dividing the total number of successful first down conversions on third down by the total number of Third Down conversion attempts. For example, if a team is successful on four Third Down conversions and they've attempted a total of six Third Down conversions, their Third Down Conversion Percentage is 66% (4 / 6 = .66). The Indianapolis Colts led the NFL in Third Down Percentage at 49%.

Third down conversion percentage is often an indicator of how well a team is performing offensively. A poor third down conversion percentage can prevent a team from being efficient due to drives being cut short. As of late, teams have elected to go for it on fourth down more often when close the first down marker. This has created a greater importance for defenses to perform well on all four downs in the down cycle.