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
Chicago22.5001.0000.5000.5000.5000.0000.50015.50027.500
San Francisco24.0001.0002.0001.0000.0000.5000.50036.00036.000
Dallas22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00019.50014.000
Indianapolis22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00018.00041.000
Philadelphia23.0002.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00028.50028.500
Oakland22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00017.50015.000
Carolina21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.5008.50015.500
New England21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0004.5009.500
New Orleans22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00012.50020.000
N.Y. Jets21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0008.0005.000
Tampa Bay22.5001.0001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00020.50026.000
Cincinnati23.0001.0000.0002.0000.0001.5001.00028.00040.000
Seattle21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.0008.5005.000
N.Y. Giants22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.5000.50019.00032.500
Cleveland22.5000.5001.0001.0000.0000.5000.00025.00030.500
LA Chargers21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0006.5005.000
Buffalo20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00011.50010.000
Miami22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.5000.00012.50015.000
Houston22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.5000.00021.00013.500
Washington22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00016.50010.000
Atlanta21.5000.0000.5000.5000.5000.5000.50014.00017.000
Pittsburgh23.5001.5001.0001.0000.0001.0000.50021.00017.500
Baltimore22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0000.5000.00016.00040.000
Kansas City21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0005.5003.000
Arizona20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0004.0002.000
Denver21.0000.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.5009.0005.000
Detroit22.5002.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00025.00024.000
LA Rams22.0001.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00018.00051.000
Minnesota20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
Green Bay21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00011.00012.500
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