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
Green Bay25699141198331
Atlanta18458054158145
New Orleans278127032233254
Baltimore3681315094287534
Chicago3214512082238359
Oakland19667051153217
San Francisco298615096250244
Indianapolis402189274373412
N.Y. Giants241282200210280
Arizona40151212052323435
Cleveland19468131148150
New England3110147041252312
Minnesota22685153194210
Dallas3491312094311360
Washington34111210152282277
Denver281468042218261
Kansas City22678153191173
Houston251375040235197
Philadelphia2611312063217331
San Diego3215611050280304
Cincinnati21587131157179
Detroit236412185185242
Pittsburgh291289053243278
Carolina311885033292272
St. Louis19469043174247
Tennessee19757041148156
N.Y. Jets18467141140169
Miami301099174284310
Tampa Bay241068053230259
Jacksonville3013134043308256
Seattle20659052153194
Buffalo18576052156163
Totals845301251274131627672218511
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