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 Pass Interference (210), Defensive Holding (124), Roughing the Passer (100), Illegal Contact (70), Face Mask (15 Yards) (68), Personal Foul (42), Illegal Use of Hands (42), Clipping (1), Tripping (1), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New Orleans164210042131173
Buffalo241275032213370
Chicago16646032149145
St. Louis231075140178252
San Francisco20739142154210
San Diego183104131154207
Cincinnati2610106041217370
Cleveland18594031139191
Washington22868073210214
Minnesota16645131133202
Green Bay287813075229307
Pittsburgh221057063214235
Denver231085054236305
Miami227411064155278
N.Y. Giants281547162259364
Jacksonville18665144180212
Oakland261385043264233
N.Y. Jets281098153236334
Baltimore23959054175356
Arizona258610161221240
Dallas15573021139140
Indianapolis17566020128246
Tennessee16519175147175
Houston94311129592
Kansas City21777042191206
Carolina23688122183235
New England24986154242212
Detroit18746122170199
Atlanta261186152192259
Tampa Bay1364110089143
Seattle16547043154234
Philadelphia191054021169191
Totals659246190206151287257467530
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