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 (210), Defensive Holding (145), Roughing the Passer (57), Face Mask (15 Yards) (43), Illegal Use of Hands (41), and Illegal Contact (39)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver111.7270.6360.4550.6360.0000.1820.00012.36417.636
Tampa Bay111.6360.6360.1820.8180.0000.4550.45515.18215.545
Chicago110.6360.3640.2730.0000.0000.0000.0006.27313.545
Jacksonville112.1820.6360.9090.5450.0910.1820.18219.63624.455
Green Bay112.2730.7270.9090.5450.0910.2730.27319.27332.545
Oakland111.8180.7270.3640.5450.1820.4550.18213.90926.091
New Orleans111.3640.3640.4550.5450.0000.2730.09111.63614.636
N.Y. Jets111.8180.4550.3641.0000.0000.4550.27315.81820.000
Cincinnati112.1821.0910.3640.7270.0000.4550.27320.18217.909
Cleveland121.4170.4170.5000.4170.0830.4170.25012.91718.917
San Diego112.3640.8180.8180.7270.0000.4550.27319.27316.909
Washington111.6360.8180.4550.3640.0000.1820.00014.90924.273
San Francisco111.0000.1820.5450.1820.0910.0000.0918.0009.455
Detroit111.7270.4550.6360.6360.0000.6360.36413.90912.727
Tennessee121.5000.5830.5830.3330.0000.2500.16712.33316.500
Kansas City110.8180.4550.0910.2730.0000.0910.0005.9094.455
Miami110.9090.6360.0910.1820.0000.0910.0919.0917.818
N.Y. Giants111.3640.4550.6360.2730.0000.0910.0008.27310.273
Dallas121.1670.5830.2500.3330.0000.1670.0839.00012.333
Seattle111.0910.2730.2730.5450.0000.2730.09110.00016.727
Los Angeles111.3640.5450.2730.5450.0000.2730.18212.18217.727
Minnesota121.2500.3330.4170.5000.0000.3330.0838.33313.083
New England111.8180.1820.6361.0000.0000.3640.27314.18215.455
Arizona111.9090.6360.4550.7270.0910.4550.27315.72717.545
Philadelphia111.0910.1820.2730.5450.0000.3640.0917.45510.636
Pittsburgh111.2730.5450.5450.1820.0000.0910.0008.90911.182
Indianapolis111.8180.2730.6360.9090.0000.4550.18215.27320.364
Atlanta111.0910.4550.1820.4550.0000.0910.0918.63611.636
Carolina111.5450.5450.1820.6360.1820.2730.36413.00019.182
Baltimore111.8180.8180.3640.5450.0910.3640.18216.18223.636
Houston111.0000.0910.5450.1820.1820.1820.0916.90911.273
Buffalo111.5450.4550.3640.6360.0910.3640.36413.81819.091
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