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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England53110104451
Kansas City11000001020
Buffalo21010001027
N.Y. Jets1100000105
Chicago20110001410
Atlanta20020101120
Baltimore31020101817
Cincinnati31110002125
Cleveland42110003336
Pittsburgh504100047122
Oakland21010112541
Jacksonville41210002949
Houston923402110089
Washington20110112130
Arizona32010114031
Detroit1100000105
Indianapolis1100000105
LA Rams21100002010
Green Bay42020214023
Carolina31200002924
San Francisco31020212925
Dallas30300002441
N.Y. Giants1001000115
New Orleans20110102230
Minnesota22000002022
LA Chargers43010103265
Denver32100002939
Philadelphia20200002810
Tampa Bay30030201612
Seattle11000001020
Totals833124280166753919
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