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 (162), Defensive Holding (140), Roughing the Passer (70), Illegal Use of Hands (48), Face Mask (15 Yards) (34), Illegal Contact (20), and Tripping (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England2612113020242243
Kansas City1161402195100
Buffalo93420004590
Baltimore62130204156
Cleveland251274221197237
Pittsburgh15393010128241
Oakland12813031125164
Jacksonville18855020141210
Houston286138053247346
Arizona25979082252268
Green Bay16844032149175
Carolina12372020109137
Dallas90620205693
LA Chargers18783020155224
Minnesota206410062151229
Denver14346152119194
Washington14265132110138
Seattle13274031129145
LA Rams12444031101110
San Francisco1051403294105
Tampa Bay14347053128114
N.Y. Jets14635032117157
Atlanta15375021103156
Detroit15942011149197
Indianapolis13526040107156
Philadelphia15635011125205
N.Y. Giants1224602188121
Tennessee14518063120108
Cincinnati14437032118128
Miami14554030130172
New Orleans82240215986
Chicago15447053138111
Totals4761631521544963840685216
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