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 (253), Defensive Holding (149), Roughing the Passer (90), Illegal Contact (68), Face Mask (15 Yards) (53), Personal Foul (51), Illegal Use of Hands (50), and Tripping (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Indianapolis261097041205261
Chicago15465052136143
Buffalo271278073225295
Miami248114120171276
Houston287613285222294
Pittsburgh22976021185394
New England289127040243365
Kansas City13337043109137
San Diego25589363223260
Minnesota221039063192281
Detroit21876051191299
Carolina22679052164269
N.Y. Jets278712063211296
Arizona15248145116185
Jacksonville329615263235395
Tampa Bay21776153221235
Philadelphia266910185244211
Green Bay271197021223338
Cleveland2811125021235334
Cincinnati23788062202272
Baltimore3213118051276344
Denver2813411051227307
New Orleans258106142261271
Washington211092010189229
San Francisco258107043230248
Seattle208210051161189
Oakland17647063147217
N.Y. Giants114340218580
Dallas225710041177197
Tennessee18945022162183
St. Louis18539152136189
Atlanta72131205857
Totals716243216243141426460628051
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