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 (140), Defensive Holding (136), Roughing the Passer (71), Face Mask (15 Yards) (40), Illegal Use of Hands (36), and Illegal Contact (29)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta12354041115138
Buffalo1153302187202
Baltimore14374031120146
Pittsburgh19955032176221
Indianapolis11442121138119
Minnesota16664011119128
Houston72230225949
New Orleans22984121168257
Tampa Bay14941011131153
Jacksonville14842011118158
Carolina1054101088133
N.Y. Jets119020109581
Detroit191036022167140
Oakland1137101192176
Cincinnati14733021133146
Cleveland16385032107118
Kansas City22895042168212
Tennessee83320208289
Washington16475011117232
San Francisco16637075173192
N.Y. Giants16825142141210
Miami1441906098200
Philadelphia1033221280119
Green Bay19954121158224
Chicago17448042130169
New England1263301110683
Seattle17852221141201
Arizona1549202111798
LA Chargers15715132113132
Dallas51040313969
LA Rams16862021143144
Denver1364302212489
Totals4521841381189774238434828
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