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 (228), Defensive Holding (206), Roughing the Passer (112), Illegal Use of Hands (62), Face Mask (15 Yards) (44), Illegal Contact (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (21), and Tripping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay106040218790
Chicago18575121152158
Atlanta18945041164166
Minnesota22679041184273
Carolina19559063168212
Tennessee20667161130281
Indianapolis15825043136157
Cincinnati1152403089116
Seattle18818032137191
San Francisco17537243154244
Tampa Bay271095333226353
Pittsburgh24887164234256
New England278136031218276
Oakland3415810175304375
Baltimore277108277269284
Detroit2610610064215219
Miami24698053196249
N.Y. Giants21479173173223
Kansas City291739062259354
New Orleans307614373233245
Dallas235108042176310
N.Y. Jets3013213186265369
Houston22868073204251
LA Rams19883010177175
Washington20785020135142
Philadelphia195410094172182
LA Chargers18557110113187
Buffalo21983121176186
Arizona19883020151197
Denver23788051200200
Cleveland2711610063248342
Jacksonville231265041211264
Totals701253195232181467259567527
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