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 (207), Defensive Holding (106), Roughing the Passer (79), Illegal Contact (75), Face Mask (15 Yards) (43), Personal Foul (36), Illegal Use of Hands (26), and Tripping (5)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Cleveland14633233123181
Indianapolis943202069136
Denver164100101123270
Jacksonville17817122128144
Oakland321598075314423
Carolina237511072195296
N.Y. Giants15473031107175
Pittsburgh298156042251342
Philadelphia22787064207268
Dallas223126061175234
N.Y. Jets2861011184273361
Green Bay251276020222251
Arizona211064143194207
Seattle1122703076158
New England22687043174294
New Orleans20686031159296
Detroit25979042200203
St. Louis19928053156240
Washington100820117765
Houston20666100135160
San Diego13625041113171
Miami10334033114130
Buffalo16565032128128
Cincinnati17664131143214
Baltimore16438154123196
Tennessee221057040190273
Atlanta1343502080187
Kansas City161015011134189
Chicago17475120119241
San Francisco1445502190203
Tampa Bay1254301094144
Minnesota1125401188124
Totals577195187179101055247746904
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