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 (243), Defensive Holding (219), Roughing the Passer (102), Illegal Use of Hands (80), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Contact (62), Personal Foul (4), and Tripping (4)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Pittsburgh181.2780.6110.4440.2220.0000.1110.00012.50015.778
New England181.4440.1670.5560.6670.0560.3330.00010.27815.222
Chicago161.0630.3750.3130.3750.0000.1250.0638.56316.375
Miami161.8130.5630.5000.7500.0000.3750.12513.62520.188
Washington170.9410.5290.1760.2350.0000.2350.0008.6479.647
Kansas City181.6110.5560.4440.5000.0560.3890.16712.77816.722
New Orleans162.6880.9380.7500.9380.0630.5630.12521.75026.375
Denver192.0000.6840.6320.6840.0000.6320.10517.89524.263
Tampa Bay161.5000.6250.1880.6880.0000.3750.18812.87514.875
N.Y. Giants161.3130.3750.5630.2500.1250.0630.12510.50012.688
Philadelphia161.2500.3130.6880.2500.0000.1880.06310.25011.938
Buffalo161.6880.7500.6250.3130.0000.3130.06314.81317.313
Atlanta161.4380.4380.4380.5630.0000.3130.06311.56319.875
Arizona181.2780.3890.5560.3330.0000.2220.05612.66713.000
Minnesota171.8240.4710.7650.5290.0590.2940.23515.82421.118
Baltimore162.0000.6250.8750.4380.0630.3130.06317.37523.500
Oakland162.3751.0630.3130.8750.1250.3750.12518.56323.063
Dallas161.5630.5630.5000.5000.0000.2500.18813.12513.375
Seattle181.1110.2780.3890.4440.0000.4440.22210.72214.222
N.Y. Jets161.0630.4380.1880.3130.0630.2500.1889.37511.625
San Diego161.1250.3130.3130.4380.0630.2500.1259.62510.750
St. Louis161.2500.5000.3130.4380.0000.2500.12511.68814.563
Jacksonville161.8750.6880.5630.5000.0630.3750.06314.25020.625
Indianapolis161.8750.5630.4380.7500.0000.4380.25015.18820.438
Cleveland161.2500.6880.0630.5000.0000.4380.25012.06319.688
Houston171.5290.4120.5290.5290.0590.4710.23513.88217.235
Green Bay180.7220.1670.4440.1110.0000.0560.0564.8898.833
San Francisco161.3750.3750.5000.5000.0000.3750.18811.0007.938
Detroit161.4380.3130.5000.6250.0000.4380.25013.62516.813
Carolina191.0530.4210.1580.4210.0000.2630.1588.10510.789
Cincinnati171.2350.3530.3530.5290.0000.4120.11811.35310.824
Tennessee161.0000.5000.2500.1250.1250.0630.1259.8757.250
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