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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Cleveland160.8750.3750.1880.1880.1250.1880.1887.68811.313
Indianapolis170.5290.2350.1760.1180.0000.1180.0004.0598.000
Denver161.0000.2500.6250.0000.0630.0000.0637.68816.875
Jacksonville161.0630.5000.0630.4380.0630.1250.1258.0009.000
Oakland162.0000.9380.5630.5000.0000.4380.31319.62526.438
Carolina161.4380.4380.3130.6880.0000.4380.12512.18818.500
N.Y. Giants160.9380.2500.4380.1880.0000.1880.0636.68810.938
Pittsburgh191.5260.4210.7890.3160.0000.2110.10513.21118.000
Philadelphia171.2940.4120.4710.4120.0000.3530.23512.17615.765
Dallas161.3750.1880.7500.3750.0000.3750.06310.93814.625
N.Y. Jets191.4740.3160.5260.5790.0530.4210.21114.36819.000
Green Bay201.2500.6000.3500.3000.0000.1000.00011.10012.550
Arizona161.3130.6250.3750.2500.0630.2500.18812.12512.938
Seattle180.6110.1110.1110.3890.0000.1670.0004.2228.778
New England171.2940.3530.4710.4120.0000.2350.17610.23517.294
New Orleans171.1760.3530.4710.3530.0000.1760.0599.35317.412
Detroit161.5630.5630.4380.5630.0000.2500.12512.50012.688
St. Louis161.1880.5630.1250.5000.0000.3130.1889.75015.000
Washington160.6250.0000.5000.1250.0000.0630.0634.8134.063
Houston161.2500.3750.3750.3750.0630.0000.0008.43810.000
San Diego160.8130.3750.1250.3130.0000.2500.0637.06310.688
Miami160.6250.1880.1880.2500.0000.1880.1887.1258.125
Buffalo161.0000.3130.3750.3130.0000.1880.1258.0008.000
Cincinnati161.0630.3750.3750.2500.0630.1880.0638.93813.375
Baltimore180.8890.2220.1670.4440.0560.2780.2226.83310.889
Tennessee161.3750.6250.3130.4380.0000.2500.00011.87517.063
Atlanta170.7650.2350.1760.2940.0000.1180.0004.70611.000
Kansas City170.9410.5880.0590.2940.0000.0590.0597.88211.118
Chicago180.9440.2220.3890.2780.0560.1110.0006.61113.389
San Francisco160.8750.2500.3130.3130.0000.1250.0635.62512.688
Tampa Bay160.7500.3130.2500.1880.0000.0630.0005.8759.000
Minnesota160.6880.1250.3130.2500.0000.0630.0635.5007.750
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