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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay32010002416
Chicago41210004567
Atlanta94140317971
Minnesota41030102565
Carolina32100003046
Tennessee621303145117
Indianapolis53020224943
Cincinnati31110102117
Seattle52030003444
San Francisco41210114168
Tampa Bay71231114878
Pittsburgh52210116869
New England52120104850
Oakland1032503288125
Baltimore53110103748
Detroit62220215753
Miami73310105141
N.Y. Giants51400005653
Kansas City43010114878
New Orleans61131214432
Dallas40310002661
N.Y. Jets82051326193
Houston31110102635
LA Rams53200004545
LA Chargers31110001944
Denver52210004741
Cleveland71150326285
Buffalo31110102825
Washington2101000159
Jacksonville31200001910
Totals1495339543321612861629
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