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 (247), Roughing the Passer (107), Illegal Use of Hands (74), Face Mask (15 Yards) (59), Illegal Contact (32), and Tripping (4)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City172.0590.7650.7060.5290.0000.2350.00016.58823.471
New England191.1050.3160.3160.4740.0000.3680.1059.21113.263
N.Y. Jets162.5000.6250.8131.0630.0000.5630.25018.06324.688
Cincinnati162.0630.6880.5630.7500.0630.3130.18815.37525.813
Pittsburgh171.0590.2350.4120.4120.0000.1760.0008.35311.941
Cleveland161.2500.2500.3130.6250.0000.2500.1888.43815.625
Tennessee181.3330.4440.5000.3890.0000.3890.16711.72214.556
Houston162.1250.6880.6880.7500.0000.3750.12518.37523.875
Jacksonville190.9470.2630.1580.5260.0000.3160.2118.94711.579
Detroit161.5000.6880.3750.3750.0630.3130.18814.00018.563
Seattle162.2500.6880.8750.6880.0000.6250.25019.50025.063
San Francisco161.8130.3750.5630.8750.0000.6250.18815.93818.625
N.Y. Giants161.1250.4380.3130.3130.0630.1250.06310.18820.500
Denver161.5000.6880.5630.2500.0000.1880.00012.06315.125
Buffalo171.2350.4120.2940.5290.0000.4120.23510.64713.529
Minnesota181.5000.2780.6670.5560.0000.3890.22212.38917.833
Miami161.7500.6880.3750.6880.0000.3750.25013.56316.688
Dallas161.7500.4380.7500.3130.1880.1880.25015.62522.188
LA Rams171.3530.2940.7650.2350.0000.1180.0599.58813.529
Atlanta181.3890.2780.6110.5000.0000.3890.27812.66717.000
Baltimore161.5630.4380.5000.5630.0000.3750.18813.56317.000
Chicago161.5630.3750.3130.8750.0000.3750.06311.43815.813
Indianapolis161.4380.3130.2500.7500.1250.6250.37513.62513.938
Philadelphia191.6840.4740.6840.5260.0000.2630.05312.84216.263
Green Bay160.8750.3750.1250.3750.0000.1250.0005.9389.938
Washington161.2500.5630.2500.4380.0000.0630.06310.18812.375
Carolina171.2940.8240.2940.1760.0000.1760.05912.58812.706
Arizona161.1880.6880.3130.1880.0000.0630.00010.37511.375
Tampa Bay161.0000.3750.1880.4380.0000.1250.0639.0638.000
Oakland160.9380.1250.3750.4380.0000.4380.2508.68810.938
New Orleans182.3330.9440.8330.5000.0560.2220.05619.77826.944
LA Chargers161.2500.5630.2500.4380.0000.1880.06310.50015.500
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