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 (213), Defensive Pass Interference (207), Roughing the Passer (99), Face Mask (15 Yards) (60), Illegal Use of Hands (51), Illegal Contact (37), and Tripping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia251383130254285
Baltimore19936143161257
Buffalo22697042221331
Cleveland23986031201253
Cincinnati21578154185208
San Francisco3715139085352320
New England22877041174260
Tampa Bay2679100105247317
New Orleans19388041121192
N.Y. Giants16735144163229
Dallas21866130163152
Detroit241365042215345
N.Y. Jets14725041119137
LA Rams20982111177217
Atlanta24896155247338
Carolina13363121103134
Pittsburgh3112126053217292
Houston278811052240237
Indianapolis231436053213258
Denver201046053167198
Tennessee16833110129165
Oakland1124500081108
Kansas City241374044259234
Washington20776032163203
Green Bay14455032116138
Chicago3214107121240371
Miami18945043164147
Arizona181044041170171
Seattle256116241173308
Minnesota17655021116131
Jacksonville1272301111086
LA Chargers14382122106104
Totals668263209180131186557677126
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