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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina1034302087125
Atlanta17574010122209
Houston19766030153265
Green Bay13615143126142
Jacksonville17476032158251
New Orleans1434521082190
Oakland241077040206248
Cincinnati142390439986
N.Y. Jets17665041142202
Philadelphia18936031144170
Kansas City20956043176195
Pittsburgh18854143160230
Los Angeles18648055171202
Buffalo229310042208249
Tennessee20874132193252
Detroit17674021130220
New England17665022133205
Washington251086134195209
Arizona17358123128169
Seattle19487043173205
Indianapolis20875020150241
San Diego113440307870
Minnesota212107244156217
Denver237411164187232
N.Y. Giants16447161138254
Tampa Bay1243412291120
Cleveland16664032138147
Dallas18846053175164
San Francisco16826032134155
Chicago22859062166219
Baltimore17772111159165
Miami226511042155225
Totals570195167194131076147136233
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