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 (45), Defensive Holding (20), Roughing the Passer (13), Illegal Contact (10), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (2)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston21.0000.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.0005.5006.000
Atlanta22.5001.0001.0000.5000.0000.5000.50024.00031.000
Seattle21.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00012.5008.000
N.Y. Jets23.5000.5001.5001.5000.0001.0000.00033.50050.500
Buffalo22.5001.0001.0000.0000.5000.0000.50027.50030.000
New England22.0000.5000.0001.0000.5001.0001.00022.50026.000
Baltimore22.5001.0000.0001.5000.0001.5000.50022.50023.000
Chicago23.0001.0001.5000.5000.0000.5000.00028.50025.500
Jacksonville24.0001.0001.0001.5000.5000.5000.00021.00040.500
Indianapolis22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.5000.50016.50034.500
New Orleans14.0001.0002.0001.0000.0000.0000.00022.000101.000
Tampa Bay22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.5000.50015.50035.000
San Francisco22.0000.0001.0001.0000.0001.0001.00021.50026.000
Arizona21.5000.5000.0001.0000.0000.5000.50011.00023.000
Carolina22.5000.0001.0001.5000.0001.0000.50019.00031.000
Las Vegas11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0005.00025.000
LA Rams20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0002.5002.000
Pittsburgh23.5000.0001.5002.0000.0001.0001.00024.50033.500
Denver21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0006.50015.500
Dallas21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0008.50014.000
Green Bay22.0001.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00015.00020.000
Detroit22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00014.00018.500
Cleveland21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00012.50016.000
Tennessee20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
Miami21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.50010.0007.500
Kansas City20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0004.0007.500
Minnesota22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.50018.50010.000
Philadelphia20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.0002.500
Cincinnati20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.5002.500
Washington21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00010.50010.000
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