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
New England192.3680.8950.8950.5790.0000.3160.10520.36829.368
Kansas City171.2350.5880.1180.5290.0000.2940.17610.4129.471
Buffalo171.1760.2940.2940.5880.0000.2940.1187.47111.824
Baltimore160.8130.1250.3130.3750.0000.2500.0006.5638.813
Cleveland161.9380.7500.5630.5000.1250.2500.12515.68819.438
Pittsburgh171.5880.4710.7650.2940.0000.1180.00012.52924.235
Oakland161.3750.7500.3130.2500.0630.2500.12512.75018.813
Jacksonville191.6320.6840.4740.4740.0000.2630.10512.94719.158
Houston162.5630.6251.0000.8750.0000.5630.31322.18828.875
Arizona162.3130.9380.5630.8130.0000.6250.18822.68826.688
Green Bay161.5000.8130.2500.4380.0000.2500.18813.75015.063
Carolina171.5880.2350.7650.5880.0000.3530.11813.17618.235
Dallas161.3130.1880.6880.3750.0000.3130.1259.87516.625
LA Chargers161.5630.5000.6250.3750.0630.2500.06313.06318.625
Minnesota182.0560.7780.4440.8330.0000.3330.11115.16727.500
Denver161.3130.2500.3750.5630.1250.4380.18811.81316.125
Washington161.3130.3750.4380.4380.0630.2500.18811.12514.750
Seattle161.5000.3130.6880.5000.0000.3130.12513.50014.875
LA Rams171.3530.3530.5880.3530.0590.1760.0599.41215.941
San Francisco161.0000.3130.1880.5000.0000.3130.1888.25010.375
Tampa Bay161.5630.5000.4380.6250.0000.5000.31314.12514.750
N.Y. Jets161.6250.5630.3750.6250.0000.3130.18812.50017.938
Atlanta181.5000.5000.5560.4440.0000.2220.16711.72213.444
Detroit161.5000.7500.4380.3130.0000.1880.06313.68818.563
Indianapolis161.3130.4380.3130.5630.0000.4380.06311.00012.875
Philadelphia191.4740.4740.3680.5790.0000.2630.15812.26321.211
N.Y. Giants161.2500.3750.3750.5000.0000.1880.0639.25011.063
Tennessee181.3330.3890.2220.7220.0000.5560.27811.38910.444
Cincinnati161.4380.3750.4380.6250.0000.2500.18812.31313.188
Miami161.1250.3130.4380.3750.0000.1880.0009.56315.000
New Orleans180.7780.2780.2220.2780.0000.1110.0565.7786.889
Chicago161.3750.2500.5000.5630.0630.3750.31312.62510.688
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