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 (253), Defensive Holding (149), Roughing the Passer (90), Illegal Contact (68), Face Mask (15 Yards) (53), Personal Foul (51), Illegal Use of Hands (50), and Tripping (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago22939175194245
Indianapolis35101114074283450
N.Y. Jets309912050219237
Houston21489051150285
Denver3411129252298322
Oakland19636443140258
Baltimore3791215193312429
San Diego197210084200196
Kansas City18639052165231
Detroit19595040142232
Minnesota20487142141240
Atlanta267118053236206
San Francisco19585110121200
Arizona13535051141151
Miami2911711063247359
Cincinnati17646154166223
Washington18728164162211
N.Y. Giants3191110154285350
Philadelphia19685020152249
Green Bay3214711052260359
New England3011910062234344
Tennessee22769072189194
New Orleans152103022149167
Seattle18755122151245
Tampa Bay18774032190196
Carolina287912051209236
Buffalo15762000112190
Jacksonville241455020202255
Pittsburgh17665032156226
Dallas221084032201239
Cleveland15825020108171
St. Louis14725042147155
Totals716243216243141426460628051
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