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
Chicago23.0001.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.00024.50018.500
Green Bay31.3330.3330.6670.3330.0000.0000.00014.33327.667
Minnesota33.0001.3330.3331.3330.0001.0000.33328.33335.667
Atlanta31.6670.3330.0001.3330.0000.6670.33312.00021.333
LA Rams31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.0000.0007.6679.667
Cleveland32.3330.3331.0000.6670.3330.6670.33315.66722.000
LA Chargers31.6671.0000.6670.0000.0000.0000.00017.00016.667
Seattle31.6670.3330.6670.3330.3330.3330.33316.00018.667
Cincinnati31.3330.3330.3330.6670.0000.3330.00011.66713.333
Tampa Bay31.3330.3330.6670.3330.0000.3330.33313.00018.333
San Francisco32.3331.0000.0001.0000.3330.6670.66718.66724.667
New England32.0000.0001.3330.6670.0000.3330.33317.00018.000
Pittsburgh32.0001.0000.0001.0000.0000.3330.00015.00024.333
Denver31.6670.6670.6670.3330.0000.3330.33317.33319.333
Arizona31.6671.0000.6670.0000.0000.0000.00013.66713.333
Buffalo32.6671.0000.6671.0000.0000.6670.33321.33322.333
Indianapolis31.6670.6670.0001.0000.0001.0000.33312.33324.333
Tennessee32.3331.0000.3331.0000.0000.6670.66718.33318.667
Oakland30.6670.6670.0000.0000.0000.0000.0006.66716.000
Kansas City32.3331.0000.6670.6670.0000.3330.00017.66723.333
Jacksonville31.6670.6670.0001.0000.0001.0000.33317.66725.333
Miami31.3330.3330.6670.3330.0000.0000.00014.33320.333
Philadelphia31.3330.0000.3331.0000.0000.6670.33313.33312.000
N.Y. Giants30.3330.0000.0000.3330.0000.0000.0001.0003.333
New Orleans31.0000.6670.0000.3330.0000.0000.0008.0007.667
Carolina30.6670.0000.6670.0000.0000.0000.0006.6675.333
Detroit30.3330.3330.0000.0000.0000.0000.0003.3335.000
N.Y. Jets32.0000.6670.3331.0000.0000.6670.33320.00026.667
Washington21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.50015.000
Dallas31.0000.3330.3330.3330.0000.0000.00011.6674.667
Houston31.3330.0000.6670.6670.0000.3330.0007.00013.000
Baltimore31.3331.0000.0000.3330.0000.3330.00012.0009.667
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