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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay170.7650.2350.1180.3530.0590.2350.1185.7067.765
Kansas City160.9380.4380.1250.3750.0000.2500.1258.5639.938
Atlanta170.8820.2940.3530.1180.0590.0590.0007.1768.294
Philadelphia161.5630.5630.3750.5630.0000.3750.12511.31316.250
Seattle161.7500.5000.6250.5000.1250.3750.12512.81314.563
Minnesota161.0630.5000.2500.3130.0000.2500.18811.18813.250
Cleveland161.5000.3130.4380.7500.0000.5000.31311.87516.500
Cincinnati170.8820.1760.4120.2940.0000.1760.0596.82412.588
Oakland162.8131.1250.9380.6250.1250.5000.31327.75030.438
Indianapolis160.6250.0630.2500.3130.0000.1250.1255.0004.563
Arizona162.1881.1250.3750.6880.0000.5000.25020.25025.438
Tampa Bay161.6880.7500.3750.5000.0630.0000.06313.75014.688
Carolina161.1880.6250.3130.2500.0000.1250.06310.25015.938
Dallas161.3750.5000.4380.4380.0000.1250.06310.75014.500
New England191.0000.4740.2110.3160.0000.1580.1058.47416.158
Denver181.3330.6110.4440.2780.0000.2220.05613.44414.500
Houston181.5000.3890.7220.3890.0000.3330.22213.38920.611
St. Louis161.2500.5000.1250.5630.0630.4380.25011.87514.813
Miami161.3130.5630.1880.5630.0000.5000.25013.00018.188
N.Y. Jets161.1880.4380.5630.1880.0000.1250.06311.31313.188
Baltimore181.0560.4440.4440.1110.0560.1110.00010.16710.667
Washington160.8750.3130.3130.2500.0000.2500.1258.75014.188
Tennessee161.0000.5630.2500.1880.0000.0630.0639.00011.875
New Orleans181.3890.3330.3330.6110.1110.3890.33313.00012.611
San Diego161.1250.2500.4380.4380.0000.1880.1259.68811.063
Pittsburgh171.1180.4120.4120.1760.1180.1760.11810.00010.529
Buffalo161.2500.5000.2500.5000.0000.2500.1889.93814.313
N.Y. Giants201.0500.3500.2500.4000.0500.3000.2509.60011.450
San Francisco180.8330.3330.3330.1670.0000.0560.0007.33314.556
Detroit171.7060.6470.2940.7060.0590.2940.17611.82418.235
Jacksonville160.8130.4380.1250.2500.0000.1880.0637.50013.063
Chicago160.6250.0630.3130.2500.0000.0630.0003.8757.313
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