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
Tampa Bay12264020105155
Houston17755030137207
Jacksonville18954032160268
Denver21795030200301
Tennessee16366152136276
N.Y. Giants22778041176252
Carolina17737052149203
Atlanta3013710073270362
Green Bay207103010153182
Washington245108052187213
Baltimore2651110065251364
Buffalo13444132111149
St. Louis19784022156205
N.Y. Jets18683101138235
New England16645142145186
San Francisco1341801068230
Cincinnati201045152167234
Minnesota18468032125235
Dallas135331109996
Philadelphia14446042118155
Arizona14572021119159
Oakland251078064222352
Seattle22767143147192
Miami19567144170240
Chicago20785042188275
Cleveland16448030105178
Pittsburgh16735031136200
Detroit19595042167191
New Orleans17754111132198
Indianapolis17647032130186
San Diego14822020113122
Kansas City1125312294103
Totals577195187179101055247746904
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