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 (33), Defensive Holding (30), Roughing the Passer (9), Illegal Use of Hands (7), and Face Mask (15 Yards) (4)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City23.0001.5001.5000.0000.0000.0000.00031.50028.000
New England20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.00010.000
N.Y. Jets21.5001.0000.0000.5000.0000.0000.00010.00022.000
Buffalo21.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0008.0005.000
Atlanta22.0000.0000.5001.5000.0001.0000.50017.00011.500
Chicago22.5000.0000.0002.5000.0001.5000.00013.50016.000
Cincinnati22.5000.5000.5001.5000.0000.5000.00020.00018.500
Baltimore22.5001.0001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00020.50017.500
Pittsburgh21.5001.0000.0000.5000.0000.0000.00011.50021.500
Cleveland21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0008.50023.000
Tennessee20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.5007.50012.000
Houston22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00014.50024.500
Jacksonville23.5001.0001.0001.5000.0001.0000.50039.00034.500
Philadelphia20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.5005.5002.500
Detroit21.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.0008.000
Arizona20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0002.500
LA Rams21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00015.000
Indianapolis21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50015.00010.000
Seattle22.0001.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50021.00015.000
San Francisco21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00016.50019.500
Carolina20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.5002.500
N.Y. Giants20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0002.00010.500
Dallas21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00010.00019.500
Minnesota22.5000.0001.5001.0000.0000.5000.00026.00053.000
New Orleans21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0009.5005.000
Denver22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00019.00038.500
LA Chargers20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
Miami12.0002.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00014.0008.000
Washington20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0002.500
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