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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Pittsburgh231184020225284
New England2631012160185274
Chicago17656021137262
Miami299812062218323
Washington16934040147164
Kansas City291089173230301
New Orleans43151215192348422
Denver381312130122340461
Tampa Bay2410311063206238
N.Y. Giants21694212168203
Philadelphia205114031164191
Buffalo2712105051237277
Atlanta23779051185318
Arizona237106041228234
Minnesota318139154269359
Baltimore3210147151278376
Oakland3817514262297369
Dallas25988043210214
Seattle20578084193256
N.Y. Jets17735143150186
San Diego18557142154172
St. Louis20857042187233
Jacksonville301198161228330
Indianapolis309712074243327
Cleveland201118074193315
Houston26799184236293
Green Bay1338201188159
San Francisco22688063176127
Detroit235810074218269
Carolina20838053154205
Cincinnati21669072193184
Tennessee16842212158116
Totals781266239255151676866438442
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