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 (52), Defensive Holding (22), Roughing the Passer (14), Illegal Contact (10), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (2)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston21001001112
Atlanta52210114862
Seattle22000002516
N.Y. Jets713302067101
Buffalo52201015560
New England41021224552
Baltimore52030314546
Chicago62310105751
Jacksonville1133411057104
Indianapolis41210113369
New Orleans814301049170
Tampa Bay41120113170
San Francisco40220224352
Arizona31020112246
Carolina50230213862
Las Vegas21010001530
LA Rams101000054
Pittsburgh70340224967
Denver20110001331
Dallas21010101728
Miami41120113231
Green Bay43000003040
Detroit42110002837
Cleveland31200002532
Tennessee11000001015
Kansas City1001010815
Minnesota42020213720
Philadelphia100101065
Cincinnati100101075
Washington21100002120
Totals114333442427159291353
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