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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta267910083250268
Buffalo201064032167280
Baltimore287129072265294
Pittsburgh23966243205301
Indianapolis18764121196171
Minnesota289711174219272
Houston20947054170216
New Orleans39141212183321463
Tampa Bay201163032190202
Jacksonville241365032212291
Carolina15753020146235
N.Y. Jets3114610043252294
Detroit291577033269277
Oakland20992022188292
Cincinnati17853021158161
Cleveland275138163218233
Kansas City35121210164268336
Tennessee13444131120132
Washington22778041166291
San Francisco291298086271341
N.Y. Giants291378152237329
Miami289613081237360
Philadelphia20576223145212
Green Bay261384121215282
Chicago234711052159256
New England289127053254252
Seattle3011116242262334
Arizona256145053214215
LA Chargers259212173189234
Dallas205410074171185
LA Rams3112126152271342
Denver291487064275187
Totals798299249229161518068808538
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