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 (95), Defensive Holding (94), Roughing the Passer (53), Face Mask (15 Yards) (25), Illegal Contact (24), and Illegal Use of Hands (23)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia15842120149184
Baltimore1262312192139
Buffalo42200005550
Cleveland11533020108149
Cincinnati11524032100117
San Francisco17755043156150
New England1033402067133
Tampa Bay14545053120136
New Orleans1114603065114
N.Y. Giants73130227395
Dallas116311009973
Detroit1081101097115
N.Y. Jets64020105460
LA Rams12632111101143
Atlanta11334133113133
Carolina40211112742
Pittsburgh16474043106120
Houston12444031133125
Indianapolis12822021106173
Denver12633032103116
Tennessee64001004452
Oakland92340006485
Kansas City84220227588
Washington92520106887
Green Bay71330114877
Chicago18854111139183
Miami115150439680
Arizona85210106867
Seattle80530215048
Minnesota43100003634
LA Chargers60600003143
Jacksonville22000002016
Totals31413091838563126633227
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