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 (223), Defensive Holding (152), Roughing the Passer (65), Illegal Use of Hands (46), Face Mask (15 Yards) (45), and Illegal Contact (39)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina120.8330.2500.3330.2500.0000.1670.0007.25010.417
Atlanta121.4170.4170.5830.3330.0000.0830.00010.16717.417
Houston121.5830.5830.5000.5000.0000.2500.00012.75022.083
Green Bay121.0830.5000.0830.4170.0830.3330.25010.50011.833
Jacksonville121.4170.3330.5830.5000.0000.2500.16713.16720.917
New Orleans121.1670.2500.3330.4170.1670.0830.0006.83315.833
Oakland131.8460.7690.5380.5380.0000.3080.00015.84619.077
Cincinnati121.1670.1670.2500.7500.0000.3330.2508.2507.167
N.Y. Jets121.4170.5000.5000.4170.0000.3330.08311.83316.833
Philadelphia121.5000.7500.2500.5000.0000.2500.08312.00014.167
Kansas City131.5380.6920.3850.4620.0000.3080.23113.53815.000
Pittsburgh121.5000.6670.4170.3330.0830.3330.25013.33319.167
Los Angeles121.5000.5000.3330.6670.0000.4170.41714.25016.833
Buffalo121.8330.7500.2500.8330.0000.3330.16717.33320.750
Tennessee121.6670.6670.5830.3330.0830.2500.16716.08321.000
Detroit121.4170.5000.5830.3330.0000.1670.08310.83318.333
New England121.4170.5000.5000.4170.0000.1670.16711.08317.083
Washington122.0830.8330.6670.5000.0830.2500.33316.25017.417
Arizona121.4170.2500.4170.6670.0830.1670.25010.66714.083
Seattle121.5830.3330.6670.5830.0000.3330.25014.41717.083
Indianapolis121.6670.6670.5830.4170.0000.1670.00012.50020.083
San Diego120.9170.2500.3330.3330.0000.2500.0006.5005.833
Minnesota121.7500.1670.8330.5830.1670.3330.33313.00018.083
Denver121.9170.5830.3330.9170.0830.5000.33315.58319.333
N.Y. Giants121.3330.3330.3330.5830.0830.5000.08311.50021.167
Tampa Bay121.0000.3330.2500.3330.0830.1670.1677.58310.000
Cleveland121.3330.5000.5000.3330.0000.2500.16711.50012.250
Dallas121.5000.6670.3330.5000.0000.4170.25014.58313.667
San Francisco121.3330.6670.1670.5000.0000.2500.16711.16712.917
Chicago121.8330.6670.4170.7500.0000.5000.16713.83318.250
Baltimore121.4170.5830.5830.1670.0830.0830.08313.25013.750
Miami121.8330.5000.4170.9170.0000.3330.16712.91718.750
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