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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver3311119242296332
Seattle33106170106299437
Chicago12354021101133
Cleveland23958052179313
Minnesota14338042137244
Oakland22679073176228
Pittsburgh17656021122180
Arizona221254111191245
N.Y. Giants16844010113205
Houston268810081208440
N.Y. Jets20575330161230
Atlanta23679142194241
Baltimore20875040158192
Buffalo279117062262272
Carolina25689263193206
Dallas251086153216257
Philadelphia22958033187275
Detroit241047152184268
Tampa Bay24798063228318
San Francisco19666121135213
Cincinnati20883021170293
St. Louis3011117152270286
Miami18648052155226
New England17638051131205
New Orleans17557030152199
Tennessee231085031183264
Jacksonville191053120153239
San Diego20677060158221
Kansas City23896051207194
Indianapolis259412072174252
Green Bay1455311093167
Washington16763031129154
Totals689243206221151354957157929
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