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
Baltimore308147051251447
Carolina214611061161210
Cincinnati13346052104183
Miami105320009289
Detroit16538053118164
Indianapolis261169053220338
Tennessee268412273203245
St. Louis20648262167241
Dallas251096030192230
San Diego33121011061259354
New England33101011152284381
Cleveland16754031143149
Buffalo266713072203279
Kansas City299146052236233
Arizona3315108051282388
New Orleans20686020184209
N.Y. Giants211145121157247
Seattle18954010151241
Pittsburgh14941010117191
Atlanta319127343244357
N.Y. Jets16394040147201
Tampa Bay279117052241373
Washington1162302111094
Chicago237312084167208
Denver3012711061230339
San Francisco201046063213220
Houston14535121113169
Philadelphia17754021152209
Green Bay23769162194299
Jacksonville17827072151208
Minnesota16266233125269
Oakland14462211104164
Totals689243206221151354957157929
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