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 (122), Defensive Pass Interference (95), Roughing the Passer (71), Illegal Use of Hands (31), Face Mask (15 Yards) (28), Illegal Contact (16), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (13)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay76010006466
Chicago103430108792
Atlanta16745041144124
Minnesota14455020119190
Carolina1023502187111
Tennessee1143404174188
Indianapolis85120227958
Cincinnati73220205662
Seattle94040116481
San Francisco52210116683
Tampa Bay14463111105138
Pittsburgh12452123138123
New England13364021104129
Oakland16556032134201
Baltimore17575054175165
Detroit14536032119100
Miami103520106676
N.Y. Giants91611118793
Kansas City191225042181214
New Orleans102251317252
Dallas1336402298190
N.Y. Jets17718153159190
Houston14446062129170
LA Rams106310008290
Washington145630109198
Philadelphia12345051109100
LA Chargers61140002568
Buffalo934111191104
Arizona73310006548
Denver17665030156162
Cleveland12435032114130
Jacksonville14653021128155
Totals3761351171176723632683851
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