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 (151), Defensive Holding (124), Roughing the Passer (64), Illegal Use of Hands (43), Face Mask (15 Yards) (32), and Illegal Contact (19)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City229103020192272
New England13535041113154
N.Y. Jets289811052198273
Cincinnati23868142170230
Pittsburgh1142503091111
Cleveland1434603299208
Tennessee12453031110163
Houston16754010140186
Jacksonville82330218791
Detroit1272302094151
Seattle257810094214216
San Francisco18369071169187
N.Y. Giants1033312199191
Denver14653020120148
Buffalo17548074146147
Minnesota13157052115184
Miami1282201192103
Dallas16573112162211
LA Rams14472021110127
Atlanta14365042146149
Baltimore12534032110124
Chicago1342703098112
Indianapolis16447164157170
Philadelphia14464011107193
Green Bay71150104180
Washington105230008189
Carolina84310107496
Arizona73220005358
Tampa Bay92250218855
Oakland30210112360
New Orleans12552020123119
LA Chargers10802010101116
Totals4331481331464903637234774
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