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 (249), Defensive Holding (247), Roughing the Passer (118), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Use of Hands (57), Illegal Contact (44), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), and Tripping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia311596141293358
Baltimore221047153189286
Buffalo25898042245378
Cleveland251096031223263
Cincinnati22588154192218
San Francisco41161510095383360
New England3091110062241327
Tampa Bay321110110115305367
New Orleans253128241171288
N.Y. Giants17735144163230
Dallas271168240208217
Detroit291478073261382
N.Y. Jets15825041129152
LA Rams2610114133241253
Atlanta268107165265368
Carolina20469164162244
Pittsburgh3413137063246323
Houston31101011052272299
Indianapolis301749074276327
Denver231166053204223
Tennessee18835131155185
Oakland1334601098129
Kansas City3014115054316305
Washington21786032168208
Green Bay21668043157227
Chicago37151110143275416
Miami191045043174162
Arizona201064041192197
Seattle308119251207359
Minnesota21758031141187
Jacksonville15834021146126
LA Chargers223126154182174
Totals798299249229161518068808538
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