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 (284), Defensive Holding (253), Roughing the Passer (136), Illegal Use of Hands (76), Face Mask (15 Yards) (50), Illegal Contact (38), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), and Tripping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay16916032141166
Chicago20685121169178
Atlanta241446052233252
Minnesota23779041194278
Carolina235810063184261
Tennessee297129182209390
Indianapolis19847053156188
Cincinnati17737051138168
Seattle261069042216312
San Francisco269411274221338
Tampa Bay3211117353264393
Pittsburgh26898164243285
New England3211156031271323
Oakland4120911185373458
Baltimore3281010488297314
Detroit2911711074240242
Miami307912196250310
N.Y. Giants26789273216266
Kansas City4021711174363448
New Orleans3812814473299326
Dallas2551010063195330
N.Y. Jets3214214186278417
Houston27999084248323
LA Rams249105030219220
Washington248106020180182
Philadelphia258710094223231
LA Chargers21758120139212
Buffalo261384121219231
Arizona248115030198234
Denver2810108051245252
Cleveland3012612063265373
Jacksonville271386051248322
Totals862314246275241758573349223
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