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
Philadelphia181.7220.8330.5000.3330.0560.2220.05616.27819.889
Baltimore171.2940.5880.2350.4120.0590.2940.17611.11816.824
Buffalo161.5630.5000.5630.5000.0000.2500.12515.31323.625
Cleveland161.5630.6250.5630.3750.0000.1880.06313.93816.438
Cincinnati161.3750.3130.5000.5000.0630.3130.25012.00013.625
San Francisco162.5631.0000.9380.6250.0000.5630.31323.93822.500
New England191.5790.4740.5790.5260.0000.3160.10512.68417.211
Tampa Bay162.0000.6880.6250.6880.0000.6880.31319.06322.938
New Orleans181.3890.1670.6670.4440.1110.2220.0569.50016.000
N.Y. Giants161.0630.4380.1880.3130.0630.2500.25010.18814.375
Dallas181.5000.6110.3330.4440.1110.2220.00011.55612.056
Detroit161.8130.8750.4380.5000.0000.4380.18816.31323.875
N.Y. Jets160.9380.5000.1250.3130.0000.2500.0638.0639.500
LA Rams191.3680.5260.5790.2110.0530.1580.15812.68413.316
Atlanta161.6250.5000.6250.4380.0630.3750.31316.56323.000
Carolina161.2500.2500.3750.5630.0630.3750.25010.12515.250
Pittsburgh162.1250.8130.8130.4380.0000.3750.18815.37520.188
Houston171.8240.5880.5880.6470.0000.2940.11816.00017.588
Indianapolis181.6670.9440.2220.5000.0000.3890.22215.33318.167
Denver161.4380.6880.3750.3750.0000.3130.18812.75013.938
Tennessee161.1250.5000.1880.3130.0630.1880.0639.68811.563
Oakland160.8130.1880.2500.3750.0000.0630.0006.1258.063
Kansas City181.6670.7780.6110.2780.0000.2780.22217.55616.944
Washington161.3130.4380.5000.3750.0000.1880.12510.50013.000
Green Bay161.3130.3750.3750.5000.0000.2500.1889.81314.188
Chicago172.1760.8820.6470.5880.0590.2350.17616.17624.471
Miami161.1880.6250.2500.3130.0000.2500.18810.87510.125
Arizona161.2500.6250.3750.2500.0000.2500.06312.00012.313
Seattle171.7650.4710.6470.5290.1180.2940.05912.17621.118
Minnesota161.3130.4380.3130.5000.0000.1880.0638.81311.688
Jacksonville160.9380.5000.1880.2500.0000.1250.0639.1257.875
LA Chargers181.2220.1670.6670.3330.0560.2780.22210.1119.667
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