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 (276), Defensive Holding (245), Roughing the Passer (107), Illegal Use of Hands (73), Face Mask (15 Yards) (58), Illegal Contact (32), and Tripping (4)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City3513129040282399
New England21669072175252
N.Y. Jets40101317094289395
Cincinnati3311912153246413
Pittsburgh18477030142203
Cleveland204510043135250
Tennessee24897073211262
Houston34111112062294382
Jacksonville185310064170220
Detroit241166153224297
Seattle361114110104312401
San Francisco2969140103255298
N.Y. Giants18755121163328
Denver241194030193242
Buffalo21759074181230
Minnesota2641210074213317
Miami2811611064217267
Dallas287125334250355
LA Rams235134021163230
Atlanta255119075228306
Baltimore25789063217272
Chicago256514061183253
Indianapolis2354122106218223
Philadelphia298129041219284
Green Bay1462602095159
Washington20947011163198
Carolina221453031214216
Arizona191153010166182
Tampa Bay16637021145128
Oakland15267074139175
New Orleans4217159141356485
LA Chargers20947031168248
Totals79525725027491627466268870
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