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 (69), Defensive Holding (34), Roughing the Passer (20), Illegal Contact (13), Face Mask (15 Yards) (12), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (4)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City32001002117
Seattle71140337479
Atlanta62130105774
Buffalo71231227286
N.Y. Jets71321227699
Miami73121115175
Cleveland41030313541
Detroit62310116556
Indianapolis82231315359
Jacksonville42110003261
Tampa Bay713301144139
New Orleans63210116678
Arizona51310115134
San Francisco50130324570
Las Vegas813402057126
Carolina2002000732
Dallas63300004030
N.Y. Giants61320216540
Tennessee61230003371
Minnesota84210116394
Denver61230113761
Washington31020101824
Pittsburgh2001100439
Cincinnati52300004261
Philadelphia41300003648
Green Bay62220003248
Chicago32100003042
New England43100003835
LA Chargers30120202335
Houston1100000105
Baltimore2020000189
Totals1574551526311912951768
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