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 (229), 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)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay130.7690.4620.0000.3080.0000.1540.0776.6926.923
Chicago131.3850.3850.5380.3850.0770.1540.07711.69212.154
Atlanta131.3850.6920.3080.3850.0000.3080.07712.61512.769
Minnesota131.6920.4620.5380.6920.0000.3080.07714.15421.000
Carolina131.4620.3850.3850.6920.0000.4620.23112.92316.308
Tennessee131.5380.4620.4620.5380.0770.4620.07710.00021.615
Indianapolis131.1540.6150.1540.3850.0000.3080.23110.46212.077
Cincinnati130.8460.3850.1540.3080.0000.2310.0006.8468.923
Seattle131.3850.6150.0770.6150.0000.2310.15410.53814.692
San Francisco131.3080.3850.2310.5380.1540.3080.23111.84618.769
Tampa Bay132.0770.7690.6920.3850.2310.2310.23117.38527.154
Pittsburgh131.8460.6150.6150.5380.0770.4620.30818.00019.692
New England132.0770.6151.0000.4620.0000.2310.07716.76921.231
Oakland132.6151.1540.6150.7690.0770.5380.38523.38528.846
Baltimore141.9290.5000.7140.5710.1430.5000.50019.21420.286
Detroit132.0000.7690.4620.7690.0000.4620.30816.53816.846
Miami131.8460.4620.6920.6150.0000.3850.23115.07719.154
N.Y. Giants131.6150.3080.5380.6920.0770.5380.23113.30817.154
Kansas City132.2311.3080.2310.6920.0000.4620.15419.92327.231
New Orleans132.3080.5380.4621.0770.2310.5380.23117.92318.846
Dallas131.7690.3850.7690.6150.0000.3080.15413.53823.846
N.Y. Jets142.2141.0000.1430.9290.0710.5710.42919.64329.429
Houston131.6920.6150.4620.6150.0000.5380.23115.69219.308
LA Rams131.4620.6150.6150.2310.0000.0770.00013.61513.462
Washington131.5380.5380.6150.3850.0000.1540.00010.38510.923
Philadelphia131.4620.3850.3080.7690.0000.6920.30813.23114.000
LA Chargers131.3850.3850.3850.5380.0770.0770.0008.69214.385
Buffalo131.6150.6920.6150.2310.0770.1540.07713.53814.308
Arizona131.4620.6150.6150.2310.0000.1540.00011.61515.154
Denver131.7690.5380.6150.6150.0000.3850.07715.38515.385
Cleveland132.0770.8460.4620.7690.0000.4620.23119.07726.308
Jacksonville131.7690.9230.4620.3850.0000.3080.07716.23120.308
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