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 (50), Defensive Holding (45), Roughing the Passer (33), Illegal Contact (12), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), and Illegal Use of Hands (9)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta62310105064
Philadelphia41201013271
Buffalo21010101732
Baltimore72230217078
Cleveland40220102239
Pittsburgh63210106663
Indianapolis61221216974
Cincinnati63120104988
Minnesota82420116472
Houston31110001929
New England31110002311
New Orleans1034301075139
Tampa Bay63300005060
Jacksonville52120114882
Kansas City105410116864
LA Chargers32010112811
Arizona83410106548
Washington41300003277
Dallas20020111530
Carolina63210104836
Seattle63021214248
Denver42110003220
Tennessee31110103526
Green Bay823210157104
N.Y. Jets53020103942
Detroit64110006055
LA Rams21100002320
Oakland21100002087
Miami2002010918
San Francisco74120227783
N.Y. Giants20110001413
Chicago21010101710
Totals1586151424251213351694
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