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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England45171711062387558
Kansas City211029053177161
Buffalo205510052127201
Baltimore13256040105141
Cleveland311298242251311
Pittsburgh278135020213412
Oakland221254142204301
Jacksonville311399052246364
Houston41101614095355462
Arizona37159130103363427
Green Bay241347043220241
Carolina2741310062224310
Dallas213116052158266
LA Chargers258106141209298
Minnesota3714815062273495
Denver21469273189258
Washington21677143178236
Seattle245118052216238
LA Rams236106131160271
San Francisco16538053132166
Tampa Bay258710085226236
N.Y. Jets269610053200287
Atlanta279108043211242
Detroit241275031219297
Indianapolis21759071176206
Philadelphia289711053233403
N.Y. Giants20668031148177
Tennessee2474130105205188
Cincinnati236710043197211
Miami18576030153240
New Orleans14545021104124
Chicago22489165202171
Totals79925925127591637466618899
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