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
New England2912125041265375
Pittsburgh3110109154255459
Green Bay40614181115344557
Washington24967221185243
Miami211163122169247
Houston251168052196278
Arizona4115179075329455
Baltimore1332805311694
Tennessee3186141133225305
Dallas2969140103228207
Atlanta261195121239184
Buffalo14553020110184
N.Y. Giants2971210062231328
Chicago17476032139271
Detroit21759073170188
Tampa Bay271267243232308
Oakland22849171198263
Jacksonville204410263150229
Philadelphia2811116055276345
Minnesota24699082210261
St. Louis17467031121266
Cincinnati301388063299337
Indianapolis301299072258302
Cleveland279107161258221
San Diego23967154231231
Denver2711610050210230
San Francisco16484021133133
N.Y. Jets17764020142191
Kansas City241337141237232
Carolina18747051159152
Seattle11335031103145
New Orleans2981011052225221
Totals781266239255151676866438442
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