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 (207), Defensive Holding (106), Roughing the Passer (77), Face Mask (15 Yards) (40), Illegal Contact (40), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (20), Illegal Use of Hands (17), and Roughing the Kicker (2)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston111.3640.1820.3640.6360.1820.3640.0008.54513.818
Atlanta101.7000.6000.5000.6000.0000.2000.10012.50018.400
Seattle100.9000.6000.1000.2000.0000.1000.0007.9005.800
N.Y. Jets102.4000.7000.7000.9000.1000.5000.20020.60031.000
Buffalo101.4000.4000.5000.4000.1000.2000.20012.50019.900
New England101.3000.6000.1000.5000.1000.4000.30012.50017.300
Baltimore101.9000.9000.2000.8000.0000.6000.20016.20028.200
Chicago102.2000.9000.9000.4000.0000.1000.00020.50027.200
Jacksonville102.6000.8000.7001.0000.1000.7000.20019.10036.900
Indianapolis101.4000.4000.6000.3000.1000.2000.10010.60021.400
New Orleans102.8001.2000.9000.6000.1000.3000.20022.00040.600
Tampa Bay111.0000.1820.2730.5450.0000.2730.1827.90914.545
San Francisco102.1000.5000.8000.8000.0000.5000.40020.30021.600
Arizona102.1000.5001.2000.4000.0000.3000.20020.20023.300
Carolina112.0000.6360.5450.8180.0000.3640.09114.27316.273
Las Vegas101.6000.7000.3000.6000.0000.3000.20014.70015.500
LA Rams101.0000.3000.2000.4000.1000.3000.2007.30015.500
Pittsburgh101.2000.0000.6000.5000.1000.2000.2007.10012.000
Denver101.0000.1000.5000.4000.0000.1000.0006.40015.300
Dallas112.0910.7270.3640.8180.0000.3640.18217.36421.273
Miami101.5000.5000.4000.6000.0000.5000.30013.90014.800
Philadelphia101.5000.6000.6000.3000.0000.1000.00012.30017.100
Cincinnati101.2000.6000.5000.1000.0000.1000.00010.60014.500
Detroit111.6360.5450.3640.6360.0910.5450.18214.27317.909
Minnesota101.2000.7000.2000.3000.0000.2000.10010.5008.900
Kansas City101.9000.2000.8000.8000.0000.4000.30012.70019.900
Washington110.9090.3640.2730.2730.0000.0910.0918.00012.091
Tennessee101.3000.8000.1000.3000.1000.1000.00010.60018.400
Green Bay101.6000.5000.4000.5000.1000.4000.20012.50018.000
N.Y. Giants101.3000.6000.2000.4000.0000.2000.10011.10013.100
Cleveland101.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0008.30014.000
LA Chargers100.9000.0000.2000.6000.1000.2000.0005.7009.300
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