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
Denver161.5630.6250.3130.6250.0000.1250.00011.56315.563
Tampa Bay161.5000.5630.2500.6880.0000.3750.31312.68813.813
Chicago160.9380.4380.4380.0630.0000.0630.0008.62513.063
Green Bay191.7890.6320.5790.5260.0530.3680.31616.05324.053
Jacksonville162.1880.6880.7500.6880.0630.3750.18819.56326.250
N.Y. Jets161.3750.4380.2500.6880.0000.3130.18812.12514.875
Cincinnati161.7500.8750.2500.6250.0000.4380.25016.06317.000
Cleveland161.5630.3750.6250.5000.0630.4380.25013.87519.000
San Diego161.8130.6250.6250.5630.0000.3750.18814.62513.313
Washington161.4380.5630.5000.3750.0000.1880.06312.62521.438
San Francisco160.8750.3130.3750.1250.0630.0000.0637.3758.063
Detroit171.8240.4120.7060.7060.0000.5290.29414.17616.647
Tennessee161.3130.5630.4380.3130.0000.1880.12510.68814.875
Kansas City171.0000.5290.1760.2940.0000.1760.0598.2947.765
Miami170.8240.5880.1180.1180.0000.0590.0598.1768.235
N.Y. Giants171.0590.3530.5290.1760.0000.0590.0006.5298.824
Dallas171.2350.5880.3530.2940.0000.1760.0599.47114.588
Seattle181.1670.3330.3890.3890.0560.2220.05610.44416.333
LA Rams161.3130.5000.3750.4380.0000.2500.18812.25016.375
Oakland171.7060.6470.2940.6470.1180.4710.23512.88222.529
Minnesota161.1880.3750.3750.4380.0000.2500.0638.00012.750
Philadelphia161.1250.2500.3130.5000.0000.3130.1258.81313.375
Pittsburgh191.1050.4740.5260.1050.0000.0530.0008.36811.579
Atlanta191.4210.6840.3160.4210.0000.1050.10511.36816.158
Carolina161.1880.4380.1250.5000.1250.2500.2509.93814.188
Baltimore161.3750.6250.2500.4380.0630.2500.12512.00017.500
Houston181.5560.4440.5000.5000.1110.3890.11113.22214.167
Buffalo161.2500.3750.3130.5000.0630.3130.31311.37514.688
Arizona161.9380.7500.5630.5630.0630.3130.18816.06317.063
Indianapolis161.8130.5000.6250.6880.0000.3750.12515.87523.500
New England191.7890.2630.5790.8950.0000.3680.21113.10517.526
New Orleans161.3130.4380.3130.5630.0000.3750.12511.56314.563
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