Automatic First Downs

This page shows all penalties that resulted in an automatic first down based on the type of penalty. There are many additional penalties that based on the penalty yardage and distance remaining resulted in a first down.

"3rd & Long" is 3rd down and 6 or more yards. "Desperation" is 3rd and 10 or more or 4th and 6 or more. "Yardage Mitigated" is the total yardage the team had left to get a first down when the flag was thrown granting a gratis first down. Remember: There are more first down plays than 2nd down plays, more 2nd down plays than 3rd, and so on.

Beneficiary means the team benefitted from the penalty. Declined and Offsetting penalties are not shown in this table. Penalties occuring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Holding (36), Defensive Pass Interference (30), Roughing the Passer (15), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (9), Illegal Contact (6), Face Mask (15 Yards) (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay32010002416
Buffalo21100002020
Chicago41210004567
Pittsburgh20200003747
Minnesota41030102565
Atlanta63120105953
New Orleans30120102118
Tennessee41120212976
Miami73310105141
Tampa Bay61221114568
N.Y. Jets62031214260
Indianapolis32010112819
New England41120103835
Carolina11000001016
Seattle42020003041
Kansas City43010114878
Baltimore22000001115
Jacksonville2020000910
N.Y. Giants30300003619
Cleveland71150326285
San Francisco30210113136
Oakland63120115066
Cincinnati101000054
Detroit42200003927
Denver42110003526
Dallas20200001130
LA Rams22000002020
LA Chargers11000001015
Houston100101095
Washington2101000159
Totals10338293421898951087
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