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 (57), Defensive Holding (44), Roughing the Passer (16), Illegal Use of Hands (9), Face Mask (15 Yards) (6), and Illegal Contact (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City1146100098110
New England31200002659
N.Y. Jets53020003264
Buffalo53020214729
Atlanta60240327446
Chicago71060303842
Cincinnati82240105478
Baltimore73220105969
Pittsburgh42020103158
Cleveland41300003795
Tennessee10010111524
Houston73310005964
Jacksonville72230217869
Philadelphia30120112648
Detroit42110002344
Arizona1100000105
LA Rams43100004057
Indianapolis62121226057
Seattle64020226251
San Francisco62220105557
Carolina100101075
N.Y. Giants31200002298
Dallas31110002039
Minnesota603301056121
New Orleans21010101910
Denver41210103877
LA Chargers11000001015
Miami32100001519
Washington21100002013
Tampa Bay2101000137
Green Bay2002000918
Totals1344838471241011531548
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