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 (134), Defensive Holding (123), Roughing the Passer (67), Face Mask (15 Yards) (37), Illegal Use of Hands (31), and Illegal Contact (28)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta91.2220.3330.5560.3330.0000.3330.11111.77814.778
Buffalo101.1000.5000.3000.3000.0000.2000.1008.70020.200
Baltimore91.4440.3330.6670.4440.0000.3330.11113.11116.111
Pittsburgh92.0001.0000.5560.4440.0000.3330.22219.11124.000
Indianapolis91.2220.4440.4440.2220.1110.2220.11115.33313.222
Minnesota91.6670.5560.6670.4440.0000.1110.11112.11113.667
Houston90.5560.2220.1110.2220.0000.1110.1114.4444.333
New Orleans92.2220.7780.8890.4440.1110.2220.11116.44426.222
Tampa Bay91.5561.0000.4440.1110.0000.1110.11114.55617.000
Jacksonville91.1110.6670.2220.2220.0000.1110.11111.11114.111
Carolina91.1110.5560.4440.1110.0000.1110.0009.77814.778
N.Y. Jets101.1000.9000.0000.2000.0000.1000.0009.5008.100
Detroit92.1111.1110.3330.6670.0000.2220.22218.55615.556
Oakland91.1110.2220.7780.1110.0000.1110.1119.11119.000
Cincinnati91.5560.7780.3330.3330.0000.2220.11114.77816.222
Cleveland101.6000.3000.8000.5000.0000.3000.20010.70011.800
Kansas City101.9000.7000.7000.5000.0000.4000.20014.80016.200
Tennessee90.7780.2220.3330.2220.0000.2220.0008.0006.000
Washington91.3330.3330.6670.3330.0000.1110.11110.22222.556
San Francisco101.6000.6000.3000.7000.0000.7000.50017.30019.200
N.Y. Giants91.6670.8890.2220.4440.1110.3330.11114.55621.667
Miami101.4000.4000.1000.9000.0000.6000.0009.80020.000
Philadelphia91.0000.3330.3330.1110.2220.1110.2228.55613.000
Green Bay101.9000.9000.5000.4000.1000.2000.10015.80022.400
Chicago91.5560.4440.4440.6670.0000.3330.11113.00015.889
New England101.2000.6000.3000.3000.0000.1000.10010.6008.300
Seattle101.7000.8000.5000.2000.2000.2000.10014.10020.100
Arizona91.6670.4441.0000.2220.0000.2220.11113.00010.889
LA Chargers91.4440.6670.1110.4440.1110.3330.22211.00012.444
Dallas90.5560.1110.0000.4440.0000.3330.1114.3337.667
LA Rams101.3000.6000.5000.2000.0000.2000.10011.60012.900
Denver91.3330.5560.4440.3330.0000.2220.22212.6679.333
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