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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay41111013052
Minnesota71420115462
Carolina42110104434
Cincinnati53020104282
Atlanta52210104449
LA Rams21100002320
Dallas10010111015
Houston2011000919
Tampa Bay33000003029
Detroit53110005040
New Orleans72320105285
Indianapolis21010112544
Denver31110002215
Jacksonville41120113865
Pittsburgh41210104633
Kansas City83410114841
Baltimore51130215456
Tennessee31110103526
New England2011000136
Arizona62310104935
Philadelphia20101011920
Cleveland40220102239
Buffalo1001010728
LA Chargers110000041
Washington31200002756
Seattle42020212928
N.Y. Jets53020103942
Oakland21100002087
Miami100101065
Chicago100101075
San Francisco32100003031
N.Y. Giants100100048
Totals11039353422199321158
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