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 (133), Defensive Holding (123), Roughing the Passer (67), Face Mask (15 Yards) (36), Illegal Use of Hands (31), and Illegal Contact (28)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta11353031106133
Buffalo1153302187202
Baltimore13364031118145
Pittsburgh18954032172216
Indianapolis11442121138119
Minnesota15564011109123
Houston52120114039
New Orleans20784121148236
Tampa Bay14941011131153
Jacksonville10622011100127
Carolina1054101088133
N.Y. Jets119020109581
Detroit191036022167140
Oakland1027101182171
Cincinnati14733021133146
Cleveland16385032107118
Kansas City19775042148162
Tennessee72320207254
Washington1236301192203
San Francisco16637075173192
N.Y. Giants15824131131195
Miami1441906098200
Philadelphia933121277117
Green Bay17844121140174
Chicago14446031117143
New England1263301110683
Seattle17852221141201
Arizona1549202111798
LA Chargers1361413299112
Dallas51040313969
LA Rams13652021116129
Denver1254302211484
Totals4181701291089733936014498
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