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 (69), Defensive Holding (34), Roughing the Passer (20), Illegal Contact (13), Face Mask (15 Yards) (12), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (4)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston41012001551
Atlanta62310115877
Seattle33000003521
N.Y. Jets814302071104
Buffalo52201015560
New England62031225985
Baltimore63030315551
Chicago92430108286
Jacksonville1133411057104
Indianapolis51220214279
New Orleans1125401063203
Tampa Bay52120114181
San Francisco61320226862
Arizona51130224864
Carolina60330214677
Las Vegas42110003350
LA Rams20101011314
Pittsburgh70340224967
Denver20110001331
Dallas72130214961
Miami41120113231
Philadelphia31110102334
Cincinnati41210103338
Detroit62310004748
Green Bay64100005750
Cleveland31200002532
Tennessee22000002030
N.Y. Giants20010112213
Kansas City30210102624
Minnesota42020213720
Washington21100002120
Totals1574551526311912951768
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