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 (289), Defensive Holding (211), Roughing the Passer (89), Face Mask (15 Yards) (63), Illegal Use of Hands (56), and Illegal Contact (48)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina1144302097130
Atlanta24878042192261
Houston291199051253465
Jacksonville24897042216304
Green Bay20757153171201
Cincinnati226511054182164
N.Y. Jets22967051181281
Philadelphia231247031186260
Kansas City231256043201223
Pittsburgh26988174229346
Los Angeles251068155229256
Tennessee241175143237287
Detroit23995031179282
New England21966022167223
New Orleans22965210144291
Washington291396134235283
Arizona245810144199271
Seattle277128054241260
San Diego21579082165150
Minnesota263129254198285
Denver289612175229277
N.Y. Giants226411193194332
Tampa Bay14535132109150
Oakland3213910050271317
Cleveland19685042161188
Dallas23959063205230
San Francisco18936032154176
Chicago328915095237370
Baltimore239112111209234
Indianapolis271278030206279
Miami299712042204303
Buffalo239410042217263
Totals756271220249141427762988342
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