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 (35), Defensive Holding (31), Roughing the Passer (10), Illegal Use of Hands (8), and Face Mask (15 Yards) (4)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City63300006356
New England11000001020
N.Y. Jets32010002044
Buffalo22000001610
Atlanta40130213423
Chicago50050302732
Cincinnati51130104037
Baltimore52210004135
Pittsburgh32010002343
Cleveland20200001746
Tennessee10010111524
Houston41210002949
Jacksonville72230217869
Philadelphia1001011115
Detroit22000002016
Arizona1100000105
LA Rams43100004057
Indianapolis21010113020
Seattle43010114230
San Francisco62220105557
Carolina100101075
N.Y. Giants1010000421
Dallas31110002039
Minnesota503201052106
New Orleans21010101910
Denver41210103877
LA Chargers11000001015
Miami2200000148
Washington1010000105
Totals883424300176795964
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