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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay180.8890.5000.0560.3330.0000.1670.1117.8339.222
Chicago161.2500.3750.5000.3130.0630.1250.06310.56311.125
Atlanta161.5000.8750.2500.3750.0000.3130.12514.56315.750
Minnesota181.2780.3890.3890.5000.0000.2220.05610.77815.444
Carolina161.4380.3130.5000.6250.0000.3750.18811.50016.313
Tennessee191.5260.3680.6320.4740.0530.4210.10511.00020.526
Indianapolis161.1880.5000.2500.4380.0000.3130.1889.75011.750
Cincinnati161.0630.4380.1880.4380.0000.3130.0638.62510.500
Seattle181.4440.5560.3330.5000.0000.2220.11112.00017.333
San Francisco191.3680.4740.2110.5790.1050.3680.21111.63217.789
Tampa Bay162.0000.6880.6880.4380.1880.3130.18816.50024.563
Pittsburgh161.6250.5000.5630.5000.0630.3750.25015.18817.813
New England171.8820.6470.8820.3530.0000.1760.05915.94119.000
Oakland162.5631.2500.5630.6880.0630.5000.31323.31328.625
Baltimore171.8820.4710.5880.5880.2350.4710.47117.47118.471
Detroit161.8130.6880.4380.6880.0000.4380.25015.00015.125
Miami161.8750.4380.5630.7500.0630.5630.37515.62519.375
N.Y. Giants161.6250.4380.5000.5630.1250.4380.18813.50016.625
Kansas City192.1051.1050.3680.5790.0530.3680.21119.10523.579
New Orleans172.2350.7060.4710.8240.2350.4120.17617.58819.176
Dallas161.5630.3130.6250.6250.0000.3750.18812.18820.625
N.Y. Jets162.0000.8750.1250.8750.0630.5000.37517.37526.063
Houston181.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.4440.22213.77817.944
LA Rams161.5000.5630.6250.3130.0000.1880.00013.68813.750
Washington161.5000.5000.6250.3750.0000.1250.00011.25011.375
Philadelphia171.4710.4710.4120.5880.0000.5290.23513.11813.588
LA Chargers161.3130.4380.3130.5000.0630.1250.0008.68813.250
Buffalo171.5290.7650.4710.2350.0590.1180.05912.88213.588
Arizona161.5000.5000.6880.3130.0000.1880.00012.37514.625
Denver161.7500.6250.6250.5000.0000.3130.06315.31315.750
Cleveland161.8750.7500.3750.7500.0000.3750.18816.56323.313
Jacksonville161.6880.8130.5000.3750.0000.3130.06315.50020.125
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