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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 (314), Defensive Holding (175), Roughing the Passer (127), Illegal Contact (59), Face Mask (15 Yards) (53), Illegal Use of Hands (31), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (31), and Tripping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston161.2500.1250.4380.5630.1250.3130.0637.31312.438
Atlanta161.6250.7500.3750.5000.0000.1880.06312.12517.000
Seattle170.8820.5290.1180.2350.0000.1760.0598.0598.000
N.Y. Jets162.3750.6250.6880.9380.1250.5630.25019.43829.000
Buffalo191.2110.2630.5260.3680.0530.2630.0539.10514.474
New England161.1250.5000.1250.3750.1250.2500.1889.87512.813
Baltimore181.9441.0560.3330.5000.0560.3330.11116.00025.556
Chicago171.7650.6470.7060.3530.0590.0590.00014.94120.176
Jacksonville162.3130.7500.8130.6880.0630.5000.18818.68833.813
Indianapolis171.3530.3530.5880.3530.0590.1760.11810.52918.059
New Orleans182.3330.9440.8330.5000.0560.2780.05618.11128.889
Tampa Bay201.2500.2500.4000.5500.0500.3500.20010.75014.400
San Francisco161.6250.4380.6880.5000.0000.3130.25015.87516.063
Arizona162.0000.4381.1250.4380.0000.2500.12516.87520.688
Carolina161.8130.6250.3750.8130.0000.4380.06313.25015.313
Las Vegas162.1250.9380.3130.7500.0630.5000.18818.06322.188
LA Rams180.8330.2220.2220.3330.0560.2220.1116.27812.944
Pittsburgh171.0000.1180.3530.3530.1760.1180.1186.00011.412
Denver160.8750.2500.3130.3130.0000.0630.0006.18811.313
Dallas161.8750.7500.3750.6880.0000.3750.18816.68821.625
Miami161.4380.5000.5630.3750.0000.3130.18813.31315.750
Philadelphia161.1880.4380.4380.3130.0000.1880.12510.25015.875
Cincinnati161.0000.5000.3750.0630.0630.0630.0008.62511.125
Detroit161.6250.5630.3750.5630.1250.5000.12513.25019.063
Minnesota161.0630.5000.3130.2500.0000.1880.0639.75010.625
Kansas City192.1580.6320.8420.6840.0000.3680.26317.47423.263
Washington171.1180.3530.2940.4710.0000.2940.1189.23513.824
Tennessee171.3530.7650.1760.3530.0590.1760.11811.05916.176
Green Bay181.4440.5000.2220.6110.0560.3890.11112.22213.611
N.Y. Giants161.1250.5000.1880.4380.0000.3130.18811.00010.938
Cleveland180.8890.3890.2780.1110.1110.1110.1117.66711.556
LA Chargers161.1250.1880.3750.5000.0630.1880.0638.43812.125