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
Baltimore161.8750.5000.8750.4380.0000.3130.06315.68827.938
Carolina171.2350.2350.3530.6470.0000.3530.0599.47112.353
Cincinnati170.7650.1760.2350.3530.0000.2940.1186.11810.765
Miami160.6250.3130.1880.1250.0000.0000.0005.7505.563
Detroit161.0000.3130.1880.5000.0000.3130.1887.37510.250
Indianapolis181.4440.6110.3330.5000.0000.2780.16712.22218.778
Tennessee161.6250.5000.2500.7500.1250.4380.18812.68815.313
St. Louis161.2500.3750.2500.5000.1250.3750.12510.43815.063
Dallas161.5630.6250.5630.3750.0000.1880.00012.00014.375
San Diego181.8330.6670.5560.6110.0000.3330.05614.38919.667
New England181.8330.5560.5560.6110.0560.2780.11115.77821.167
Cleveland161.0000.4380.3130.2500.0000.1880.0638.9389.313
Buffalo161.6250.3750.4380.8130.0000.4380.12512.68817.438
Kansas City171.7060.5290.8240.3530.0000.2940.11813.88213.706
Arizona162.0630.9380.6250.5000.0000.3130.06317.62524.250
New Orleans181.1110.3330.4440.3330.0000.1110.00010.22211.611
N.Y. Giants161.3130.6880.2500.3130.0630.1250.0639.81315.438
Seattle190.9470.4740.2630.2110.0000.0530.0007.94712.684
Pittsburgh160.8750.5630.2500.0630.0000.0630.0007.31311.938
Atlanta161.9380.5630.7500.4380.1880.2500.18815.25022.313
N.Y. Jets161.0000.1880.5630.2500.0000.2500.0009.18812.563
Tampa Bay161.6880.5630.6880.4380.0000.3130.12515.06323.313
Washington160.6880.3750.1250.1880.0000.1250.0636.8755.875
Chicago161.4380.4380.1880.7500.0000.5000.25010.43813.000
Denver191.5790.6320.3680.5790.0000.3160.05312.10517.842
San Francisco191.0530.5260.2110.3160.0000.3160.15811.21111.579
Houston160.8750.3130.1880.3130.0630.1250.0637.06310.563
Philadelphia171.0000.4120.2940.2350.0000.1180.0598.94112.294
Green Bay171.3530.4120.3530.5290.0590.3530.11811.41217.588
Jacksonville161.0630.5000.1250.4380.0000.4380.1259.43813.000
Minnesota161.0000.1250.3750.3750.1250.1880.1887.81316.813
Oakland160.8750.2500.3750.1250.1250.0630.0636.50010.250
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