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
New England22.5001.5000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00022.00025.500
Kansas City20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.00010.000
Buffalo21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0005.00013.500
N.Y. Jets20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0002.500
Chicago21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0007.0005.000
Atlanta21.0000.0000.0001.0000.0000.5000.0005.50010.000
Baltimore21.5000.5000.0001.0000.0000.5000.0009.0008.500
Cincinnati21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00010.50012.500
Cleveland22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00016.50018.000
Pittsburgh22.5000.0002.0000.5000.0000.0000.00023.50061.000
Oakland21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50012.50020.500
Jacksonville22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00014.50024.500
Houston24.5001.0001.5002.0000.0001.0000.50050.00044.500
Washington21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.50010.50015.000
Arizona21.5001.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50020.00015.500
Detroit20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0002.500
Indianapolis20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0002.500
LA Rams21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00010.0005.000
Green Bay22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.50020.00011.500
Carolina21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00014.50012.000
San Francisco21.5000.5000.0001.0000.0001.0000.50014.50012.500
Dallas21.5000.0001.5000.0000.0000.0000.00012.00020.500
N.Y. Giants20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.5007.500
New Orleans21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00011.00015.000
Minnesota21.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00011.000
LA Chargers22.0001.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.00016.00032.500
Denver21.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00014.50019.500
Philadelphia21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00014.0005.000
Tampa Bay13.0000.0000.0003.0000.0002.0000.00016.00012.000
Seattle20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.00010.000
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