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 (210), Defensive Holding (124), Roughing the Passer (100), Illegal Contact (70), Face Mask (15 Yards) (68), Personal Foul (42), Illegal Use of Hands (42), Clipping (1), Tripping (1), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay1342614297132
Kansas City15726042137159
Atlanta15562110122141
Philadelphia25969062181260
Seattle288108262205233
Minnesota17845043179212
Cleveland245712085190264
Cincinnati15375031116214
Oakland45181510285444487
Indianapolis101450228073
Arizona3518611084324407
Tampa Bay271268101220235
Carolina191054021164255
Dallas22877021172232
New England19946032161307
Denver241185041242261
Houston277137064241371
St. Louis20829174190237
Miami21939084208291
N.Y. Jets19793021181211
Baltimore19882120183192
Washington14554042140227
Tennessee16943011144190
New Orleans256611276234227
San Diego18477032155177
Pittsburgh19773232170179
Buffalo20848043159229
N.Y. Giants21758165192229
San Francisco15663010132262
Detroit2911512153201310
Jacksonville13724031120209
Chicago1015401062117
Totals659246190206151287257467530
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