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 Holding (108), Defensive Pass Interference (81), Roughing the Passer (59), Illegal Use of Hands (29), Face Mask (15 Yards) (26), Illegal Contact (15), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (12)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay76010006466
Chicago103430108792
Atlanta15735041134109
Minnesota1041502076137
Carolina1023502187111
Tennessee823303151164
Indianapolis85120227958
Cincinnati73220205662
Seattle94040116481
San Francisco41210114168
Tampa Bay14463111105138
Pittsburgh12452123138123
New England92340217270
Oakland14545032125164
Baltimore15465054142135
Detroit1243503210693
Miami93420105871
N.Y. Giants81511117968
Kansas City161123022155189
New Orleans102251317252
Dallas1236301188175
N.Y. Jets15716142146173
Houston1134404097157
LA Rams96300007885
Washington124530107291
Philadelphia1134404110095
LA Chargers61140002568
Buffalo62211115571
Arizona63210005643
Denver15564030143149
Cleveland12435032114130
Jacksonville85210006075
Totals330123981026623128253363
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