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 (203), Defensive Holding (104), Roughing the Passer (77), Face Mask (15 Yards) (40), Illegal Contact (38), 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
Kansas City101.3000.7000.1000.4000.1000.2000.20011.20011.000
Seattle101.6000.5000.4000.6000.0000.4000.30013.70021.900
Atlanta102.0000.6000.4000.9000.1000.5000.10016.60019.300
Buffalo101.7000.4000.5000.7000.1000.5000.40014.80017.400
N.Y. Jets102.4000.5000.8000.9000.1000.4000.30019.50031.000
Miami101.6000.5000.5000.5000.1000.2000.20013.00020.700
Cleveland101.0000.2000.4000.4000.0000.4000.10010.00010.800
Detroit102.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.4000.20018.70024.500
Indianapolis101.6000.6000.4000.5000.1000.5000.20014.00019.100
Jacksonville101.4000.4000.6000.4000.0000.2000.00011.00014.700
Tampa Bay112.4550.7270.7271.0000.0000.5450.27318.18235.545
New Orleans101.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.3000.20013.60016.500
Arizona101.5000.4001.0000.1000.0000.1000.10012.90011.400
San Francisco101.8000.7000.5000.5000.0000.5000.30016.50020.700
Las Vegas101.6000.3000.7000.6000.0000.3000.10011.60025.800
Carolina111.4550.6360.3640.4550.0000.0000.00011.09116.091
Dallas101.3000.5000.7000.1000.0000.1000.0009.3008.100
N.Y. Giants101.6000.5000.4000.7000.0000.2000.10013.60011.400
Tennessee101.6000.3000.5000.7000.1000.3000.00010.10018.300
Minnesota101.6000.7000.3000.4000.0000.4000.10011.40017.200
Denver101.8000.3000.3001.0000.2000.6000.30012.60021.800
Washington101.5000.6000.3000.5000.1000.2000.10011.20014.400
Pittsburgh102.1001.1000.2000.7000.1000.4000.30018.30035.200
Cincinnati101.3000.4000.8000.1000.0000.1000.00011.00014.400
Philadelphia102.1000.5000.9000.7000.0000.2000.00016.90029.900
Green Bay101.4000.3000.4000.7000.0000.1000.0007.10018.100
Houston100.7000.4000.2000.1000.0000.0000.0005.80010.900
LA Chargers101.9000.5000.5000.8000.1000.6000.10016.20023.400
Chicago101.4000.6000.2000.4000.2000.3000.20012.90021.300
New England101.1000.6000.3000.2000.0000.2000.20011.80012.100
LA Rams100.7000.3000.2000.2000.0000.1000.1005.9009.200
Baltimore100.7000.3000.3000.1000.0000.0000.0006.3006.800
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