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 (247), Roughing the Passer (118), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Use of Hands (57), Illegal Contact (44), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), and Tripping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta161.6250.4380.5630.6250.0000.5000.18815.62516.750
Buffalo161.2500.6250.3750.2500.0000.1880.12510.43817.500
Baltimore171.6470.4120.7060.5290.0000.4120.11815.58817.294
Pittsburgh161.4380.5630.3750.3750.1250.2500.18812.81318.813
Indianapolis181.0000.3890.3330.2220.0560.1110.05610.8899.500
Minnesota161.7500.5630.4380.6880.0630.4380.25013.68817.000
Houston171.1760.5290.2350.4120.0000.2940.23510.00012.706
New Orleans182.1670.7780.6670.6670.0560.4440.16717.83325.722
Tampa Bay161.2500.6880.3750.1880.0000.1880.12511.87512.625
Jacksonville161.5000.8130.3750.3130.0000.1880.12513.25018.188
Carolina160.9380.4380.3130.1880.0000.1250.0009.12514.688
N.Y. Jets161.9380.8750.3750.6250.0000.2500.18815.75018.375
Detroit161.8130.9380.4380.4380.0000.1880.18816.81317.313
Oakland161.2500.5630.5630.1250.0000.1250.12511.75018.250
Cincinnati161.0630.5000.3130.1880.0000.1250.0639.87510.063
Cleveland161.6880.3130.8130.5000.0630.3750.18813.62514.563
Kansas City181.9440.6670.6670.5560.0560.3330.22214.88918.667
Tennessee160.8130.2500.2500.2500.0630.1880.0637.5008.250
Washington161.3750.4380.4380.5000.0000.2500.06310.37518.188
San Francisco161.8130.7500.5630.5000.0000.5000.37516.93821.313
N.Y. Giants161.8130.8130.4380.5000.0630.3130.12514.81320.563
Miami161.7500.5630.3750.8130.0000.5000.06314.81322.500
Philadelphia181.1110.2780.3890.3330.1110.1110.1678.05611.778
Green Bay161.6250.8130.5000.2500.0630.1250.06313.43817.625
Chicago171.3530.2350.4120.6470.0000.2940.1189.35315.059
New England191.4740.4740.6320.3680.0000.2630.15813.36813.263
Seattle171.7650.6470.6470.3530.1180.2350.11815.41219.647
Arizona161.5630.3750.8750.3130.0000.3130.18813.37513.438
LA Chargers181.3890.5000.1110.6670.0560.3890.16710.50013.000
Dallas181.1110.2780.2220.5560.0000.3890.2229.50010.278
LA Rams191.6320.6320.6320.3160.0530.2630.10514.26318.000
Denver161.8130.8750.5000.4380.0000.3750.25017.18811.688
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