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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Indianapolis171.5290.5880.5290.4120.0000.2350.05912.05915.353
Chicago160.9380.2500.3750.3130.0000.3130.1258.5008.938
Buffalo161.6880.7500.4380.5000.0000.4380.18814.06318.438
Miami161.5000.5000.6880.2500.0630.1250.00010.68817.250
Houston181.5560.3890.3330.7220.1110.4440.27812.33316.333
Pittsburgh161.3750.5630.4380.3750.0000.1250.06311.56324.625
New England181.5560.5000.6670.3890.0000.2220.00013.50020.278
Kansas City160.8130.1880.1880.4380.0000.2500.1886.8138.563
San Diego161.5630.3130.5000.5630.1880.3750.18813.93816.250
Minnesota171.2940.5880.1760.5290.0000.3530.17611.29416.529
Detroit161.3130.5000.4380.3750.0000.3130.06311.93818.688
Carolina161.3750.3750.4380.5630.0000.3130.12510.25016.813
N.Y. Jets161.6880.5000.4380.7500.0000.3750.18813.18818.500
Arizona160.9380.1250.2500.5000.0630.2500.3137.25011.563
Jacksonville162.0000.5630.3750.9380.1250.3750.18814.68824.688
Tampa Bay161.3130.4380.4380.3750.0630.3130.18813.81314.688
Philadelphia161.6250.3750.5630.6250.0630.5000.31315.25013.188
Green Bay181.5000.6110.5000.3890.0000.1110.05612.38918.778
Cleveland161.7500.6880.7500.3130.0000.1250.06314.68820.875
Cincinnati171.3530.4120.4710.4710.0000.3530.11811.88216.000
Baltimore201.6000.6500.5500.4000.0000.2500.05013.80017.200
Denver171.6470.7650.2350.6470.0000.2940.05913.35318.059
New Orleans161.5630.5000.6250.3750.0630.2500.12516.31316.938
Washington171.2350.5880.5290.1180.0000.0590.00011.11813.471
San Francisco191.3160.4210.5260.3680.0000.2110.15812.10513.053
Seattle181.1110.4440.1110.5560.0000.2780.0568.94410.500
Oakland161.0630.3750.2500.4380.0000.3750.1889.18813.563
N.Y. Giants160.6880.2500.1880.2500.0000.1250.0635.3135.000
Dallas161.3750.3130.4380.6250.0000.2500.06311.06312.313
Tennessee161.1250.5630.2500.3130.0000.1250.12510.12511.438
St. Louis161.1250.3130.1880.5630.0630.3130.1258.50011.813
Atlanta180.3890.1110.0560.1670.0560.1110.0003.2223.167
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