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 (34), Defensive Holding (34), Roughing the Passer (21), Illegal Contact (11), Face Mask (15 Yards) (6), and Illegal Use of Hands (4)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay22.0000.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.50015.00026.000
Minnesota23.5000.5002.0001.0000.0000.5000.50027.00031.000
Carolina22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00022.00017.000
Cincinnati22.5001.5000.0001.0000.0000.5000.00021.00041.000
Atlanta22.5001.0001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00022.00024.500
LA Rams21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00011.50010.000
Dallas20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.5005.0007.500
Houston21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0004.5009.500
Tampa Bay21.5001.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00015.00014.500
Detroit22.5001.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00025.00020.000
New Orleans23.5001.0001.5001.0000.0000.5000.00026.00042.500
Indianapolis21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50012.50022.000
Denver21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00011.0007.500
Jacksonville22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.5000.50019.00032.500
Pittsburgh22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00023.00016.500
Kansas City24.0001.5002.0000.5000.0000.5000.50024.00020.500
Baltimore22.5000.5000.5001.5000.0001.0000.50027.00028.000
Tennessee21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00017.50013.000
New England21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0006.5003.000
Arizona23.0001.0001.5000.5000.0000.5000.00024.50017.500
Philadelphia21.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5009.50010.000
Cleveland31.3330.0000.6670.6670.0000.3330.0007.33313.000
Buffalo20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.50014.000
LA Chargers20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0002.0000.500
Washington21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00013.50028.000
Seattle22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.50014.50014.000
N.Y. Jets31.6671.0000.0000.6670.0000.3330.00013.00014.000
Oakland21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00043.500
Miami20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.0002.500
Chicago20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.5002.500
San Francisco21.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00015.00015.500
N.Y. Giants20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0002.0004.000
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