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 (28), Defensive Holding (12), Face Mask (15 Yards) (8), Roughing the Passer (6), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (4), and Illegal Contact (3)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City12.0001.0000.0000.0001.0000.0000.00011.00012.000
Seattle11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0001.0001.00023.00041.000
Atlanta11.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00015.00011.000
Buffalo15.0001.0002.0002.0000.0001.0000.00054.00071.000
N.Y. Jets14.0001.0002.0000.0001.0000.0001.00045.00055.000
Miami13.0001.0000.0001.0001.0001.0001.00026.00047.000
Cleveland22.0000.5000.0001.5000.0001.5000.50017.50020.500
Detroit14.0002.0002.0000.0000.0000.0000.00039.00038.000
Indianapolis14.0001.0001.0001.0001.0001.0000.00022.00041.000
Jacksonville11.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00030.000
Tampa Bay14.0001.0002.0001.0000.0000.0000.00022.000101.000
New Orleans13.0001.0001.0001.0000.0001.0001.00029.00063.000
Arizona12.0000.0001.0001.0000.0001.0001.00021.00018.000
San Francisco11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0001.0001.00010.00027.000
Las Vegas12.0000.0001.0001.0000.0001.0000.00016.00024.000
Carolina11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0005.00025.000
Dallas11.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0004.000
N.Y. Giants12.0000.0001.0001.0000.0001.0001.00022.00017.000
Tennessee12.0000.0001.0001.0000.0000.0000.00013.00031.000
Minnesota14.0003.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00030.00040.000
Chicago12.0002.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00020.00027.000
Cincinnati21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00012.50016.000
New England11.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00010.000
Green Bay11.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.0005.000
Washington11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.0006.0005.000
LA Chargers11.0000.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.0007.0005.000
Philadelphia11.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00010.00015.000
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