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 Holding (226), Defensive Pass Interference (215), Illegal Contact (106), Illegal Use of Hands (104), Roughing the Passer (99), Face Mask (15 Yards) (59), Personal Foul (31), and Tripping (5)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay181.3890.3330.5000.5000.0560.2220.05611.00018.389
Atlanta161.1250.2500.3130.5000.0000.3130.2509.8759.063
New Orleans161.6880.5000.7500.4380.0000.1880.12514.56315.875
Baltimore182.0000.4440.7220.8330.0000.5000.22215.94429.667
Chicago162.0000.8750.3130.7500.0000.5000.12514.87522.438
Oakland161.1880.3750.3750.4380.0000.3130.0639.56313.563
San Francisco161.8130.5000.3750.9380.0000.5630.37515.62515.250
Indianapolis192.1051.1050.4210.4740.1050.3680.21119.63221.684
N.Y. Giants161.5000.7500.5000.1250.1250.0000.00013.12517.500
Arizona172.3530.8820.7060.7060.0000.2940.11819.00025.588
Cleveland161.1880.2500.3750.5000.0630.1880.0639.2509.375
New England191.6320.5260.7370.3680.0000.2110.05313.26316.421
Minnesota161.3750.3750.5000.3130.0630.3130.18812.12513.125
Dallas181.8890.5000.7220.6670.0000.5000.22217.27820.000
Washington162.1250.6880.7500.6250.0630.3130.12517.62517.313
Denver171.6470.8240.3530.4710.0000.2350.11812.82415.353
Kansas City161.3750.3750.4380.5000.0630.3130.18811.93810.813
Houston161.5630.8130.4380.3130.0000.2500.00014.68812.313
Philadelphia161.6250.6880.1880.7500.0000.3750.18813.56320.688
San Diego162.0000.9380.3750.6880.0000.3130.00017.50019.000
Cincinnati171.2350.2940.4710.4120.0590.1760.0599.23510.529
Detroit171.3530.3530.2350.7060.0590.4710.29410.88214.235
Pittsburgh171.7060.7060.4710.5290.0000.2940.17614.29416.353
Carolina181.7221.0000.4440.2780.0000.1670.16716.22215.111
St. Louis161.1880.2500.3750.5630.0000.2500.18810.87515.438
Tennessee161.1880.4380.3130.4380.0000.2500.0639.2509.750
N.Y. Jets161.1250.2500.3750.4380.0630.2500.0638.75010.563
Miami161.8750.6250.5630.5630.0630.4380.25017.75019.375
Tampa Bay161.5000.6250.3750.5000.0000.3130.18814.37516.188
Jacksonville161.8750.8130.8130.2500.0000.2500.18819.25016.000
Seattle191.0530.3160.2630.4740.0000.2630.1058.05310.211
Buffalo161.1250.3130.4380.3750.0000.3130.1259.75010.188
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