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 (247), Defensive Holding (175), Roughing the Passer (89), Face Mask (15 Yards) (54), Personal Foul (45), Illegal Use of Hands (40), Illegal Contact (38), and Tripping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver191.7370.5790.5790.4740.1050.2110.10515.57917.474
Seattle191.7370.5260.3160.8950.0000.5260.31615.73723.000
Chicago160.7500.1880.3130.2500.0000.1250.0636.3138.313
Cleveland161.4380.5630.3130.5000.0000.3130.12511.18819.563
Minnesota160.8750.1880.1880.5000.0000.2500.1258.56315.250
Oakland161.3750.3750.4380.5630.0000.4380.18811.00014.250
Pittsburgh161.0630.3750.3130.3750.0000.1250.0637.62511.250
Arizona161.3750.7500.3130.2500.0630.0630.06311.93815.313
N.Y. Giants161.0000.5000.2500.2500.0000.0630.0007.06312.813
Houston161.6250.5000.5000.6250.0000.5000.06313.00027.500
N.Y. Jets161.2500.3130.4380.3130.1880.1880.00010.06314.375
Atlanta161.4380.3750.4380.5630.0630.2500.12512.12515.063
Baltimore161.2500.5000.4380.3130.0000.2500.0009.87512.000
Buffalo161.6880.5630.6880.4380.0000.3750.12516.37517.000
Carolina171.4710.3530.4710.5290.1180.3530.17611.35312.118
Dallas161.5630.6250.5000.3750.0630.3130.18813.50016.063
Philadelphia171.2940.5290.2940.4710.0000.1760.17611.00016.176
Detroit161.5000.6250.2500.4380.0630.3130.12511.50016.750
Tampa Bay161.5000.4380.5630.5000.0000.3750.18814.25019.875
San Francisco191.0000.3160.3160.3160.0530.1050.0537.10511.211
Cincinnati171.1760.4710.4710.1760.0000.1180.05910.00017.235
St. Louis161.8750.6880.6880.4380.0630.3130.12516.87517.875
Miami161.1250.3750.2500.5000.0000.3130.1259.68814.125
New England180.9440.3330.1670.4440.0000.2780.0567.27811.389
New Orleans180.9440.2780.2780.3890.0000.1670.0008.44411.056
Tennessee161.4380.6250.5000.3130.0000.1880.06311.43816.500
Jacksonville161.1880.6250.3130.1880.0630.1250.0009.56314.938
San Diego181.1110.3330.3890.3890.0000.3330.0008.77812.278
Kansas City171.3530.4710.5290.3530.0000.2940.05912.17611.412
Indianapolis181.3890.5000.2220.6670.0000.3890.1119.66714.000
Green Bay170.8240.2940.2940.1760.0590.0590.0005.4719.824
Washington161.0000.4380.3750.1880.0000.1880.0638.0639.625
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