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 (284), Defensive Holding (253), Roughing the Passer (136), Illegal Use of Hands (76), Face Mask (15 Yards) (50), Illegal Contact (38), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), and Tripping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago161.6250.5000.4380.6880.0000.1880.12512.37512.375
Green Bay181.9440.3330.6670.8330.1110.5000.22215.94422.500
Minnesota181.8890.6670.4440.7780.0000.5560.16715.50017.333
Atlanta161.9380.4380.5001.0000.0000.5000.18816.18822.938
LA Rams161.2500.2500.5630.4380.0000.3130.18810.68810.188
Cleveland161.8750.5000.5000.6250.1880.4380.18813.25016.438
LA Chargers162.0001.0000.6250.3130.0630.3130.12518.81322.188
Seattle181.2780.5560.5000.1670.0560.1670.11113.05612.500
Cincinnati162.1250.7500.5630.6880.1250.5000.37519.81321.563
Tampa Bay161.5000.6880.5000.2500.0630.1880.18814.18819.438
San Francisco191.4740.5260.2110.5790.1580.3680.15810.94715.421
New England171.7060.2350.7060.6470.1180.4120.41214.41217.882
Pittsburgh162.0630.6880.6250.7500.0000.4380.18817.56327.188
Denver162.0000.8130.3750.7500.0630.4380.25015.87521.313
Arizona161.5630.5630.5000.4380.0630.3750.06313.37521.438
Buffalo171.2350.2940.4120.4710.0590.2940.1769.70614.941
Indianapolis161.7500.8130.2500.6250.0630.4380.25013.25022.813
Tennessee191.5790.8420.4210.3160.0000.2630.21115.36814.737
Oakland161.0000.4380.3130.2500.0000.1880.0638.43810.813
Kansas City192.2631.0000.6320.6320.0000.4740.21120.05322.579
Jacksonville161.6250.5000.4380.5000.1880.3130.06313.56317.063
Miami162.0630.9380.3750.7500.0000.3130.25017.93824.500
Philadelphia171.8240.7060.5290.4710.0590.3530.17616.70621.882
N.Y. Giants161.4380.3750.4380.6250.0000.4380.18810.56312.500
New Orleans170.9410.2940.3530.2940.0000.0590.0597.0008.706
Washington161.0630.3750.2500.3130.0630.1880.0638.18811.375
Carolina160.9380.4380.3130.1880.0000.1250.0007.81313.500
Houston181.6670.5000.5000.6670.0000.4440.16713.72213.556
Dallas161.5000.6880.2500.5630.0000.3130.00013.62514.063
N.Y. Jets161.5000.5630.4380.5000.0000.3130.18813.31318.125
Detroit161.8131.0000.6250.1880.0000.1250.06317.37517.813
Baltimore171.1760.5290.4710.1760.0000.1180.00010.17613.824
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