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 (166), Defensive Holding (141), Roughing the Passer (70), Illegal Use of Hands (49), Face Mask (15 Yards) (34), Illegal Contact (20), and Tripping (2)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City102.3000.9001.0000.4000.0000.3000.00019.90028.400
New England101.4000.6000.3000.5000.0000.4000.10012.30015.900
N.Y. Jets102.8000.9000.8001.1000.0000.5000.20019.80027.300
Cincinnati102.3000.8000.6000.8000.1000.4000.20017.00023.000
Pittsburgh101.1000.4000.2000.5000.0000.3000.0009.10011.100
Cleveland101.4000.3000.4000.6000.0000.3000.2009.90020.800
Tennessee101.2000.4000.5000.3000.0000.3000.10011.00016.300
Houston101.8000.8000.5000.5000.0000.2000.10016.80021.600
Jacksonville100.8000.2000.3000.3000.0000.2000.1008.7009.100
Detroit111.3640.7270.2730.3640.0000.2730.00011.81816.000
Seattle102.9000.9001.0001.0000.0000.9000.40025.00026.700
San Francisco101.8000.3000.6000.9000.0000.7000.10016.90018.700
N.Y. Giants111.1820.4550.2730.3640.0910.1820.09111.09121.909
Denver101.6000.7000.5000.4000.0000.3000.00013.60016.800
Buffalo101.7000.5000.4000.8000.0000.7000.40014.60014.700
Minnesota111.7270.3640.6360.7270.0000.4550.18214.27322.000
Miami101.3000.8000.3000.2000.0000.1000.10010.20010.800
Dallas111.7270.4550.6360.3640.1820.1820.18215.63620.909
LA Rams101.7000.4001.0000.2000.0000.2000.10012.90015.200
Atlanta101.6000.3000.7000.6000.0000.5000.30016.30018.300
Baltimore101.2000.5000.3000.4000.0000.3000.20011.00012.400
Chicago101.5000.5000.3000.7000.0000.3000.00011.40015.100
Indianapolis101.6000.4000.4000.7000.1000.6000.40015.70017.000
Philadelphia101.5000.4000.7000.4000.0000.1000.10011.30019.800
Green Bay100.9000.2000.2000.5000.0000.1000.0005.60010.500
Washington111.0910.5450.1820.3640.0000.0000.0008.6369.909
Carolina100.8000.4000.3000.1000.0000.1000.0007.4009.600
Arizona100.9000.3000.4000.2000.0000.0000.0006.4006.800
Tampa Bay101.0000.3000.2000.5000.0000.2000.1009.8007.300
Oakland100.6000.1000.3000.2000.0000.2000.1004.6008.500
New Orleans101.4000.5000.7000.2000.0000.2000.00013.90012.800
LA Chargers111.1820.7270.1820.2730.0000.0910.00010.18215.455
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