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 (249), Defensive Holding (245), Roughing the Passer (118), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Use of Hands (56), Illegal Contact (44), and Tripping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta256910083240253
Buffalo201064032167280
Baltimore267118062247264
Pittsburgh23966243205301
Indianapolis17664121186156
Minnesota279710174215257
Houston20947054170216
New Orleans38131212183311448
Tampa Bay201163032190202
Jacksonville221354021188265
Carolina15753020146235
N.Y. Jets3013610043242279
Detroit291577033269277
Oakland20992022188292
Cincinnati17853021158161
Cleveland265128163208218
Kansas City35121210164268336
Tennessee13444131120132
Washington22778041166291
San Francisco291298086271341
N.Y. Giants291378152237329
Miami278613081227345
Philadelphia19476223135197
Green Bay261384121215282
Chicago234711052159256
New England279126042243247
Seattle3011116242262334
Arizona246135053210200
LA Chargers259212173189234
Dallas205410074171185
LA Rams2710106152236307
Denver291487064275187
Totals780291243225161487867148307
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