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 (203), Defensive Holding (104), Roughing the Passer (77), Face Mask (15 Yards) (40), Illegal Contact (38), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (20), Illegal Use of Hands (17), and Roughing the Kicker (2)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston1213623070127
Atlanta17656021125184
Seattle96120107958
N.Y. Jets24779152206310
Buffalo14454122125199
New England13615143125173
Baltimore19928062162282
Chicago22994010205272
Jacksonville268710172191369
Indianapolis14463121106214
New Orleans281296132220406
Tampa Bay1123603287160
San Francisco21588054203216
Arizona215124032202233
Carolina22769041157179
Las Vegas16736032147155
LA Rams1032413273155
Pittsburgh1206512271120
Denver1015401064153
Dallas21847042182224
Miami15546053139148
Philadelphia15663010123171
Cincinnati12651010106145
Detroit16447162137167
Minnesota1272302110589
Kansas City19288043127199
Washington933301178105
Tennessee13813110106184
Green Bay16545142125180
N.Y. Giants13624021111131
Cleveland1055000083140
LA Chargers90261205793
Totals50116715016514934540975941
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