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 (190), Defensive Holding (104), Illegal Contact (92), Face Mask (15 Yards) (82), Roughing the Passer (69), Illegal Use of Hands (30), Personal Foul (28), Tripping (4), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami22994021183247
Minnesota161203120137166
Cleveland225125031194243
Dallas257108042199221
Carolina171114112123165
Cincinnati13265020123161
Arizona18476154142236
Tennessee14535111103202
San Francisco17267243131128
San Diego17637163152156
Baltimore3491211264289456
Pittsburgh15762010138209
Washington13535042122155
Atlanta173410042121187
N.Y. Giants19585123146232
Oakland234118063193208
Indianapolis1135300077109
Chicago1237201089169
Denver17278040149212
St. Louis21588062188232
Green Bay37151111063305399
Philadelphia227510074203279
Houston24986131194256
Kansas City15744011153153
Seattle17386031126263
Detroit18747031127190
New England12813011116222
Tampa Bay18863131145147
New Orleans231084110193280
Buffalo15924021133179
N.Y. Jets25959262192224
Jacksonville11533032104100
Totals600196203186151035149906786
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