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 (47), Defensive Pass Interference (45), Roughing the Passer (26), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (10), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), Illegal Contact (7), and Illegal Use of Hands (5)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay31.0000.6670.0000.3330.0000.0000.0008.0005.333
Chicago22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00022.50033.500
Atlanta33.0001.3330.3331.3330.0001.0000.33326.33323.667
Minnesota31.3330.3330.0001.0000.0000.3330.0008.33321.667
Carolina31.0000.6670.3330.0000.0000.0000.00010.00015.333
Tennessee32.0000.6670.3331.0000.0001.0000.33315.00039.000
Indianapolis31.6671.0000.0000.6670.0000.6670.66716.33314.333
Cincinnati31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.3330.0007.0005.667
Seattle31.6670.6670.0001.0000.0000.0000.00011.33314.667
San Francisco31.3330.3330.6670.3330.0000.3330.33313.66722.667
Tampa Bay32.3330.3330.6671.0000.3330.3330.33316.00026.000
Pittsburgh31.6670.6670.6670.3330.0000.3330.33322.66723.000
New England31.6670.6670.3330.6670.0000.3330.00016.00016.667
Oakland33.3331.0000.6671.6670.0001.0000.66729.33341.667
Baltimore31.6671.0000.3330.3330.0000.3330.00012.33316.000
Detroit32.0000.6670.6670.6670.0000.6670.33319.00017.667
Miami32.3331.0001.0000.3330.0000.3330.00017.00013.667
N.Y. Giants31.6670.3331.3330.0000.0000.0000.00018.66717.667
Kansas City31.3331.0000.0000.3330.0000.3330.33316.00026.000
New Orleans32.0000.3330.3331.0000.3330.6670.33314.66710.667
Dallas31.3330.0001.0000.3330.0000.0000.0008.66720.333
N.Y. Jets32.6670.6670.0001.6670.3331.0000.66720.33331.000
Houston31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.3330.0008.66711.667
LA Rams31.6671.0000.6670.0000.0000.0000.00015.00015.000
LA Chargers31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.0000.0006.33314.667
Denver31.6670.6670.6670.3330.0000.0000.00015.66713.667
Cleveland32.3330.3330.3331.6670.0001.0000.66720.66728.333
Buffalo31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.3330.0009.3338.333
Washington21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0007.5004.500
Jacksonville31.0000.3330.6670.0000.0000.0000.0006.3333.333
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