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 (166), Defensive Holding (141), Roughing the Passer (70), Illegal Use of Hands (49), Face Mask (15 Yards) (34), Illegal Contact (20), and Tripping (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City239104030199284
New England14635041123159
N.Y. Jets289811052198273
Cincinnati23868142170230
Pittsburgh1142503091111
Cleveland1434603299208
Tennessee12453031110163
Houston18855021168216
Jacksonville82330218791
Detroit15834030130176
Seattle2991010094250267
San Francisco18369071169187
N.Y. Giants13534121122241
Denver16754030136168
Buffalo17548074146147
Minnesota19478052157242
Miami13832011102108
Dallas19574222172230
LA Rams174102021129152
Atlanta16376053163183
Baltimore12534032110124
Chicago15537030114151
Indianapolis16447164157170
Philadelphia15474011113198
Green Bay922501056105
Washington1262400095109
Carolina84310107496
Arizona93420006468
Tampa Bay103250219873
Oakland61320214685
New Orleans14572020139128
LA Chargers13823010112170
Totals4821641531575973840995313
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