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 (120), Defensive Pass Interference (92), Roughing the Passer (69), Illegal Use of Hands (30), Face Mask (15 Yards) (28), Illegal Contact (16), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (13)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago62.0000.8330.6670.5000.0000.0000.00017.33315.333
Green Bay72.7140.5711.0001.1430.0000.4290.28623.42936.714
Minnesota72.5710.8570.5711.1430.0000.8570.14321.14323.000
Atlanta72.0000.4290.7140.8570.0000.4290.14315.00026.714
LA Rams71.2860.2860.7140.2860.0000.1430.14310.71413.000
Cleveland61.8330.5000.5000.5000.1670.5000.33313.33316.000
LA Chargers72.2861.1430.7140.4290.0000.4290.00020.14323.714
Seattle71.8570.7140.8570.1430.1430.1430.14321.00019.714
Cincinnati72.2860.4290.5711.1430.1430.8570.71424.14326.143
Tampa Bay61.5000.6670.6670.1670.0000.1670.16714.83316.667
San Francisco61.6670.6670.3330.5000.1670.3330.33312.83316.000
New England61.6670.0001.0000.3330.3330.1670.50014.00021.833
Pittsburgh62.3330.8330.8330.6670.0000.3330.16718.83323.333
Denver71.5710.5710.2860.7140.0000.4290.14313.00017.429
Arizona71.4290.5710.5710.2860.0000.2860.00011.71414.286
Buffalo61.8330.5000.6670.6670.0000.5000.33313.83313.667
Indianapolis62.5001.3330.1671.0000.0000.8330.50019.83328.500
Tennessee72.1430.8570.7140.5710.0000.4290.28618.71415.857
Oakland60.6670.5000.0000.1670.0000.0000.0005.5009.000
Kansas City72.7141.4290.7140.5710.0000.2860.00023.14323.286
Jacksonville71.4290.2860.4290.7140.0000.5710.14315.00018.714
Miami62.0000.6670.6670.6670.0000.0000.00016.50021.667
Philadelphia61.6670.8330.3330.5000.0000.3330.16716.66714.333
N.Y. Giants71.4290.2860.5710.5710.0000.2860.0008.57111.000
New Orleans70.8570.4290.1430.2860.0000.1430.1437.4298.143
Washington71.0000.2860.4290.2860.0000.1430.0009.14310.571
Carolina61.3330.6670.5000.1670.0000.1670.00011.83317.833
Houston71.7140.4290.4290.8570.0000.4290.28612.57112.429
Dallas61.8331.0000.1670.6670.0000.3330.00019.66718.167
N.Y. Jets51.8000.8000.4000.6000.0000.4000.20016.00021.200
Detroit61.5000.6670.8330.0000.0000.0000.00015.50015.667
Baltimore71.1430.7140.2860.1430.0000.1430.00011.0008.000
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