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)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago268711032198198
Green Bay3561215294287405
Minnesota34128140103279312
Atlanta317816083259367
LA Rams20497053171163
Cleveland308810373212263
LA Chargers3216105152301355
Seattle231093132235225
Cincinnati3412911286317345
Tampa Bay241184133227311
San Francisco2810411373208293
New England2941211277245304
Pittsburgh33111012073281435
Denver3213612174254341
Arizona25987161214343
Buffalo21578153165254
Indianapolis2813410174212365
Tennessee301686054292280
Oakland16754031135173
Kansas City43191212094381429
Jacksonville26878351217273
Miami3315612054287392
Philadelphia311298163284372
N.Y. Giants236710073169200
New Orleans16565011119148
Washington17645131131182
Carolina15753020125216
Houston309912083247244
Dallas241149050218225
N.Y. Jets24978053213290
Detroit2916103021278285
Baltimore20983020173235
Totals862314246275241758573349223
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