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 (238), Defensive Holding (218), Roughing the Passer (118), Illegal Use of Hands (66), Face Mask (15 Yards) (45), Illegal Contact (31), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (21), and Tripping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago141.6430.5000.4290.7140.0000.2140.14312.78611.929
Green Bay142.2140.4290.6431.0000.1430.5710.28617.85725.929
Minnesota142.2140.7140.5001.0000.0000.7140.21417.92920.643
Atlanta132.0000.3850.5381.0770.0000.5380.23116.76923.077
LA Rams141.2140.2860.5000.4290.0000.2860.21410.07110.000
Cleveland141.7860.4290.5710.6430.0710.4290.14312.71416.643
LA Chargers141.8570.9290.5710.2860.0710.2860.14317.28621.286
Seattle141.2860.5000.5710.1430.0710.1430.14314.14314.000
Cincinnati142.2140.8570.6430.6430.0710.5000.35721.21422.857
Tampa Bay141.6430.7140.5710.2860.0710.2140.21415.50019.857
San Francisco131.7690.6150.2310.6920.2310.4620.15412.30818.231
New England141.7860.2140.7860.6430.1430.4290.42915.07119.571
Pittsburgh132.2310.6920.7690.7690.0000.5380.23119.53830.769
Denver141.9290.7140.3570.7860.0710.4290.28614.92921.214
Arizona141.4290.5000.4290.4290.0710.3570.07112.07120.500
Buffalo131.6150.3850.5380.6150.0770.3850.23112.69219.538
Indianapolis131.7690.8460.2310.6920.0000.5380.30814.15424.462
Tennessee141.7861.0000.4290.3570.0000.2860.21416.42916.857
Oakland141.0710.5000.2860.2860.0000.2140.0719.00012.000
Kansas City142.2861.0710.5710.6430.0000.4290.07119.92919.000
Jacksonville141.5000.3570.4290.5000.2140.2860.07112.71416.357
Miami142.0711.0710.3570.6430.0000.2140.21418.28625.071
Philadelphia141.8570.7140.5000.5000.0710.3570.21416.78620.714
N.Y. Giants141.3570.3570.3570.6430.0000.5000.21410.21412.143
New Orleans130.6920.3080.0770.3080.0000.0770.0775.5385.846
Washington141.0000.3570.2860.2860.0000.1430.0717.78610.643
Carolina141.0000.5000.2860.2140.0000.1430.0008.35713.357
Houston141.8570.5710.5000.7860.0000.5000.21415.35715.500
Dallas141.7140.7860.2860.6430.0000.3570.00015.57116.071
N.Y. Jets141.6430.6430.5000.5000.0000.3570.21415.00019.714
Detroit141.7860.9290.6430.2140.0000.1430.07117.28616.429
Baltimore141.2140.5710.4290.2140.0000.1430.00010.78615.214
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