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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Seattle3081111063238320
New Orleans258511184212254
Atlanta23975131205231
Cincinnati289810065239235
Buffalo3113116152287312
N.Y. Jets231066154217249
Dallas3412126351249283
Denver3281013072259297
Detroit37111412061336320
San Diego371011160115323400
Pittsburgh3011118021250291
Minnesota261277041228245
New England472012150115433447
Arizona2910109064266252
Tennessee20839051154225
Jacksonville171016042162146
Kansas City16718042134162
Oakland299712162226298
Houston329176054311337
Indianapolis271287011191296
Baltimore211029030154184
Cleveland3211146153285302
Green Bay25689142184227
N.Y. Giants211182011207245
Washington2913511042232391
St. Louis193511031128264
San Francisco3098130103266220
Carolina17467074154222
Chicago14455032113230
Tampa Bay22876142192143
Philadelphia3010712185290330
Miami1264010096153
Totals845301251274131627672218511
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