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 (107), Defensive Pass Interference (81), Roughing the Passer (59), Illegal Use of Hands (27), Face Mask (15 Yards) (26), Illegal Contact (15), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (12)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay51.4001.2000.0000.2000.0000.0000.00012.80013.200
Chicago52.0000.6000.8000.6000.0000.2000.00017.40018.400
Atlanta62.5001.1670.5000.8330.0000.6670.16722.33318.167
Minnesota61.6670.6670.1670.8330.0000.3330.00012.66722.833
Carolina61.6670.3330.5000.8330.0000.3330.16714.50018.500
Tennessee61.3330.3330.5000.5000.0000.5000.1678.50027.333
Indianapolis51.6001.0000.2000.4000.0000.4000.40015.80011.600
Cincinnati61.1670.5000.3330.3330.0000.3330.0009.33310.333
Seattle61.5000.6670.0000.6670.0000.1670.16710.66713.500
San Francisco50.8000.2000.4000.2000.0000.2000.2008.20013.600
Tampa Bay62.3330.6671.0000.5000.1670.1670.16717.50023.000
Pittsburgh62.0000.6670.8330.3330.1670.3330.50023.00020.500
New England61.5000.3330.5000.6670.0000.3330.16712.00011.667
Oakland52.8001.0000.8001.0000.0000.6000.40025.00032.800
Baltimore62.5000.6671.0000.8330.0000.8330.66723.66722.500
Detroit42.2501.0000.7500.5000.0000.5000.25021.75019.500
Miami51.8000.6000.8000.4000.0000.2000.00011.60014.200
N.Y. Giants61.3330.1670.8330.1670.1670.1670.16713.16711.333
Kansas City62.6671.8330.3330.5000.0000.3330.33325.83331.500
New Orleans61.6670.3330.3330.8330.1670.5000.16712.0008.667
Dallas62.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.1670.16714.66729.167
N.Y. Jets53.0001.4000.2001.2000.2000.8000.40029.20034.600
Houston61.8330.5000.6670.6670.0000.6670.00016.16726.167
LA Rams61.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00013.00014.167
Washington62.0000.6670.8330.5000.0000.1670.00012.00015.167
Philadelphia61.8330.5000.6670.6670.0000.6670.16716.66715.833
LA Chargers61.0000.1670.1670.6670.0000.0000.0004.16711.333
Buffalo51.2000.4000.4000.2000.2000.2000.20011.00014.200
Arizona61.0000.5000.3330.1670.0000.0000.0009.3337.167
Denver62.5000.8331.0000.6670.0000.5000.00023.83324.833
Cleveland62.0000.6670.5000.8330.0000.5000.33319.00021.667
Jacksonville61.3330.8330.3330.1670.0000.0000.00010.00012.500
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