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
New England181.6110.6670.6670.2780.0000.2220.05614.72220.833
Pittsburgh181.7220.5560.5560.5000.0560.2780.22214.16725.500
Green Bay182.2220.3330.7781.0000.0560.6110.27819.11130.944
Washington171.4120.5290.3530.4120.1180.1180.05910.88214.294
Miami161.3130.6880.3750.1880.0630.1250.12510.56315.438
Houston171.4710.6470.3530.4710.0000.2940.11811.52916.353
Arizona182.2780.8330.9440.5000.0000.3890.27818.27825.278
Baltimore160.8130.1880.1250.5000.0000.3130.1887.2505.875
Tennessee161.9380.5000.3750.8750.0630.8130.18814.06319.063
Dallas161.8130.3750.5630.8750.0000.6250.18814.25012.938
Atlanta161.6250.6880.5630.3130.0630.1250.06314.93811.500
Buffalo160.8750.3130.3130.1880.0000.1250.0006.87511.500
N.Y. Giants161.8130.4380.7500.6250.0000.3750.12514.43820.500
Chicago161.0630.2500.4380.3750.0000.1880.1258.68816.938
Detroit161.3130.4380.3130.5630.0000.4380.18810.62511.750
Tampa Bay161.6880.7500.3750.4380.1250.2500.18814.50019.250
Oakland161.3750.5000.2500.5630.0630.4380.06312.37516.438
Jacksonville161.2500.2500.2500.6250.1250.3750.1889.37514.313
Philadelphia161.7500.6880.6880.3750.0000.3130.31317.25021.563
Minnesota171.4120.3530.5290.5290.0000.4710.11812.35315.353
St. Louis161.0630.2500.3750.4380.0000.1880.0637.56316.625
Cincinnati171.7650.7650.4710.4710.0000.3530.17617.58819.824
Indianapolis161.8750.7500.5630.5630.0000.4380.12516.12518.875
Cleveland161.6880.5630.6250.4380.0630.3750.06316.12513.813
San Diego161.4380.5630.3750.4380.0630.3130.25014.43814.438
Denver191.4210.5790.3160.5260.0000.2630.00011.05312.105
San Francisco161.0000.2500.5000.2500.0000.1250.0638.3138.313
N.Y. Jets161.0630.4380.3750.2500.0000.1250.0008.87511.938
Kansas City181.3330.7220.1670.3890.0560.2220.05613.16712.889
Carolina190.9470.3680.2110.3680.0000.2630.0538.3688.000
Seattle180.6110.1670.1670.2780.0000.1670.0565.7228.056
New Orleans161.8130.5000.6250.6880.0000.3130.12514.06313.813
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