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 (134), Defensive Holding (123), Roughing the Passer (67), Face Mask (15 Yards) (37), Illegal Use of Hands (31), and Illegal Contact (28)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia15842120149184
Baltimore15734132122207
Buffalo10253010109118
Cleveland15654020133171
Cincinnati13535032115132
San Francisco231085043212205
New England1344503089151
Tampa Bay18675053166188
New Orleans1426603090137
N.Y. Giants13625044143191
Dallas1273110010978
Detroit171142010152227
N.Y. Jets85030207290
LA Rams14742111117153
Atlanta16546155163251
Carolina72311115684
Pittsburgh18494043119130
Houston15465042161173
Indianapolis14833032128183
Denver13634042112121
Tennessee85011106175
Oakland92340006485
Kansas City13643033134131
Washington13652010108152
Green Bay82330115882
Chicago221065111170283
Miami1362504311390
Arizona1162303093113
Seattle18485131130189
Minnesota116320108790
LA Chargers70700003858
Jacksonville43100004626
Totals4201711301089733936194548
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