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
Chicago1254300010492
Green Bay19478032164257
Minnesota18648061148161
Atlanta14356031105187
LA Rams92520117591
Cleveland113331328096
LA Chargers16853030141166
Seattle13561111147138
Cincinnati16348165169183
Tampa Bay944101189100
San Francisco104231227796
New England1206422497148
Pittsburgh14554021113140
Denver1142503191122
Arizona1044202082100
Buffalo113440328382
Indianapolis15816053119171
Tennessee15654032131111
Oakland43010003354
Kansas City191054020162163
Jacksonville10235041105131
Miami1244400099130
Philadelphia11524032110101
N.Y. Giants102440206077
New Orleans63120115257
Washington72320106474
Carolina843101071107
Houston123360328887
Dallas12615030127114
N.Y. Jets13553021112165
Detroit94500009394
Baltimore85210107756
Totals3761351171176723632683851
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