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
Tampa Bay160.7500.1250.3750.2500.0000.1250.0006.5639.688
Houston161.0630.4380.3130.3130.0000.1880.0008.56312.938
Jacksonville161.1250.5630.3130.2500.0000.1880.12510.00016.750
Denver161.3130.4380.5630.3130.0000.1880.00012.50018.813
Tennessee161.0000.1880.3750.3750.0630.3130.1258.50017.250
N.Y. Giants161.3750.4380.4380.5000.0000.2500.06311.00015.750
Carolina161.0630.4380.1880.4380.0000.3130.1259.31312.688
Atlanta171.7650.7650.4120.5880.0000.4120.17615.88221.294
Green Bay201.0000.3500.5000.1500.0000.0500.0007.6509.100
Washington161.5000.3130.6250.5000.0000.3130.12511.68813.313
Baltimore181.4440.2780.6110.5560.0000.3330.27813.94420.222
Buffalo160.8130.2500.2500.2500.0630.1880.1256.9389.313
St. Louis161.1880.4380.5000.2500.0000.1250.1259.75012.813
N.Y. Jets190.9470.3160.4210.1580.0530.0000.0537.26312.368
New England170.9410.3530.2350.2940.0590.2350.1188.52910.941
San Francisco160.8130.2500.0630.5000.0000.0630.0004.25014.375
Cincinnati161.2500.6250.2500.3130.0630.3130.12510.43814.625
Minnesota161.1250.2500.3750.5000.0000.1880.1257.81314.688
Dallas160.8130.3130.1880.1880.0630.0630.0006.1886.000
Philadelphia170.8240.2350.2350.3530.0000.2350.1186.9419.118
Arizona160.8750.3130.4380.1250.0000.1250.0637.4389.938
Oakland161.5630.6250.4380.5000.0000.3750.25013.87522.000
Seattle181.2220.3890.3330.3890.0560.2220.1678.16710.667
Miami161.1880.3130.3750.4380.0630.2500.25010.62515.000
Chicago181.1110.3890.4440.2780.0000.2220.11110.44415.278
Cleveland161.0000.2500.2500.5000.0000.1880.0006.56311.125
Pittsburgh190.8420.3680.1580.2630.0000.1580.0537.15810.526
Detroit161.1880.3130.5630.3130.0000.2500.12510.43811.938
New Orleans171.0000.4120.2940.2350.0590.0590.0597.76511.647
Indianapolis171.0000.3530.2350.4120.0000.1760.1187.64710.941
San Diego160.8750.5000.1250.1250.0000.1250.0007.0637.625
Kansas City170.6470.1180.2940.1760.0590.1180.1185.5296.059
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