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
Chicago63120004937
Green Bay41210004383
Minnesota941403185107
Atlanta51040213664
LA Rams31110002329
Cleveland71321214766
LA Chargers53200005150
Seattle51211114856
Cincinnati41120103540
Tampa Bay41210113955
San Francisco73031225674
New England60420115154
Pittsburgh63030104573
Denver52210115258
Arizona53200004140
Buffalo83230216467
Indianapolis52030313773
Tennessee73130225556
Oakland22000002048
Kansas City73220105370
Jacksonville52030315376
Miami41210004361
Philadelphia40130214036
N.Y. Giants1001000310
New Orleans32010002423
Carolina20200002016
Detroit11000001015
N.Y. Jets62130216080
Washington20200001130
Dallas31110003514
Houston40220102139
Baltimore43010103629
Totals1495339543321612861629
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