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 (133), Defensive Holding (123), Roughing the Passer (67), Face Mask (15 Yards) (36), Illegal Use of Hands (31), and Illegal Contact (28)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia91.6670.8890.4440.2220.1110.2220.00016.55620.444
Baltimore91.6670.7780.3330.4440.1110.3330.22213.55623.000
Buffalo101.0000.2000.5000.3000.0000.1000.00010.90011.800
Cleveland101.5000.6000.5000.4000.0000.2000.00013.30017.100
Cincinnati91.4440.5560.3330.5560.0000.3330.22212.77814.667
San Francisco102.3001.0000.8000.5000.0000.4000.30021.20020.500
New England101.3000.4000.4000.5000.0000.3000.0008.90015.100
Tampa Bay92.0000.6670.7780.5560.0000.5560.33318.44420.889
New Orleans91.5560.2220.6670.6670.0000.3330.00010.00015.222
N.Y. Giants91.4440.6670.2220.5560.0000.4440.44415.88921.222
Dallas91.3330.7780.3330.1110.1110.0000.00012.1118.667
Detroit91.8891.2220.4440.2220.0000.1110.00016.88925.222
N.Y. Jets100.8000.5000.0000.3000.0000.2000.0007.2009.000
LA Rams101.4000.7000.4000.2000.1000.1000.10011.70015.300
Atlanta91.7780.5560.4440.6670.1110.5560.55618.11127.889
Carolina90.7780.2220.3330.1110.1110.1110.1116.2229.333
Pittsburgh92.0000.4441.0000.4440.0000.4440.33313.22214.444
Houston91.6670.4440.6670.5560.0000.4440.22217.88919.222
Indianapolis91.5560.8890.3330.3330.0000.3330.22214.22220.333
Denver91.4440.6670.3330.4440.0000.4440.22212.44413.444
Tennessee90.8890.5560.0000.1110.1110.1110.0006.7788.333
Oakland91.0000.2220.3330.4440.0000.0000.0007.1119.444
Kansas City101.3000.6000.4000.3000.0000.3000.30013.40013.100
Washington91.4440.6670.5560.2220.0000.1110.00012.00016.889
Green Bay90.8890.2220.3330.3330.0000.1110.1116.4449.111
Chicago92.4441.1110.6670.5560.1110.1110.11118.88931.444
Miami101.3000.6000.2000.5000.0000.4000.30011.3009.000
Arizona91.2220.6670.2220.3330.0000.3330.00010.33312.556
Seattle91.7780.3330.7780.5560.1110.3330.11112.44415.444
Minnesota91.2220.6670.3330.2220.0000.1110.0009.66710.000
LA Chargers90.7780.0000.7780.0000.0000.0000.0004.2226.444
Jacksonville90.4440.3330.1110.0000.0000.0000.0005.1112.889
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