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
Atlanta215312187170172
Cleveland1043303190136
Minnesota25889041184302
Tampa Bay14644022121189
Green Bay3271411051246350
Jacksonville1344501082131
Houston1044201074100
Seattle251077132187282
Denver19784044208281
Baltimore12642022121200
San Diego20875010178232
N.Y. Giants17665053160159
Cincinnati231057153196197
Detroit22587221167270
New England3112118061237345
Arizona257117042203296
Kansas City222117243148224
Dallas19576140165213
San Francisco15454221105237
Pittsburgh24888032215286
Buffalo20595131175235
Washington16655021138168
Oakland19685032203201
N.Y. Jets16664021141165
New Orleans17566042144201
Philadelphia195410071152177
Chicago19567142155204
Indianapolis241355121206367
St. Louis1216412282109
Miami13544021118160
Tennessee1463502111895
Carolina12533110101102
Totals600196203186151035149906786
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