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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina160.6880.2500.2500.1880.0000.1250.0006.0638.125
Atlanta191.2630.4210.3680.4210.0000.2110.10510.10513.737
Houston181.6110.6110.5000.5000.0000.2780.05614.05625.833
Jacksonville161.5000.5000.5630.4380.0000.2500.12513.50019.000
Green Bay191.0530.3680.2630.3680.0530.2630.1589.00010.579
Cincinnati161.3750.3750.3130.6880.0000.3130.25011.37510.250
N.Y. Jets161.3750.5630.3750.4380.0000.3130.06311.31317.563
Philadelphia161.4380.7500.2500.4380.0000.1880.06311.62516.250
Kansas City171.3530.7060.2940.3530.0000.2350.17611.82413.118
Pittsburgh191.3680.4740.4210.4210.0530.3680.21112.05318.211
Los Angeles161.5630.6250.3750.5000.0630.3130.31314.31316.000
Tennessee161.5000.6880.4380.3130.0630.2500.18814.81317.938
Detroit171.3530.5290.5290.2940.0000.1760.05910.52916.588
New England191.1050.4740.3160.3160.0000.1050.1058.78911.737
New Orleans161.3750.5630.3750.3130.1250.0630.0009.00018.188
Washington161.8130.8130.5630.3750.0630.1880.25014.68817.688
Arizona161.5000.3130.5000.6250.0630.2500.25012.43816.938
Seattle181.5000.3890.6670.4440.0000.2780.22213.38914.444
San Diego161.3130.3130.4380.5630.0000.5000.12510.3139.375
Minnesota161.6250.1880.7500.5630.1250.3130.25012.37517.813
Denver161.7500.5630.3750.7500.0630.4380.31314.31317.313
N.Y. Giants171.2940.3530.2350.6470.0590.5290.17611.41219.529
Tampa Bay160.8750.3130.1880.3130.0630.1880.1256.8139.375
Oakland171.8820.7650.5290.5880.0000.2940.00015.94118.647
Cleveland161.1880.3750.5000.3130.0000.2500.12510.06311.750
Dallas171.3530.5290.2940.5290.0000.3530.17612.05913.529
San Francisco161.1250.5630.1880.3750.0000.1880.1259.62511.000
Chicago162.0000.5000.5630.9380.0000.5630.31314.81323.125
Baltimore161.4380.5630.6880.1250.0630.0630.06313.06314.625
Indianapolis161.6880.7500.4380.5000.0000.1880.00012.87517.438
Miami171.7060.5290.4120.7060.0000.2350.11812.00017.824
Buffalo161.4380.5630.2500.6250.0000.2500.12513.56316.438
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