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
Chicago52111013155
San Francisco82420117272
Dallas42110003928
Indianapolis42110103682
Philadelphia64110105757
Oakland42110003530
Carolina20110111731
New England2011000919
New Orleans41210002540
N.Y. Jets21010101610
Tampa Bay52210104152
Cincinnati62040325680
Seattle20110101710
N.Y. Giants41120113865
Cleveland51220105061
LA Chargers20200001310
Buffalo10100002320
Miami41120102530
Houston41120104227
Washington41210103320
Atlanta30111112834
Pittsburgh73220214235
Baltimore42020103280
Kansas City2110000116
Arizona101000084
Denver20020211810
Detroit54100005048
LA Rams422000036102
Minnesota11000001015
Green Bay31110002225
Totals11039353422199321158
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