Automatic First Downs - 2009 to Present

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 (2130), Defensive Holding (1561), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (548), Illegal Use of Hands (502), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1531.5160.5360.4640.4710.0390.2750.18312.65414.601
Cleveland1441.2290.4100.4030.3820.0350.2360.07610.16712.576
Minnesota1501.3130.3730.4200.4730.0330.2670.11310.08716.120
Tampa Bay1441.2780.4790.3820.3890.0210.2430.15311.36814.444
Green Bay1601.6130.4940.5190.5690.0250.3130.15613.43119.269
Jacksonville1471.4010.5580.4080.4080.0270.2590.12912.19015.939
Houston1511.2580.4370.4040.3840.0260.2450.08610.55013.543
Seattle1581.1080.3670.3350.3730.0250.1960.1019.17713.070
Denver1541.4810.5580.4350.4610.0260.2660.10412.81816.532
Baltimore1561.3590.3850.4490.5060.0130.3140.15411.60318.237
LA Chargers1471.4490.5440.4290.4420.0200.2720.09512.63914.673
N.Y. Giants1491.4090.5300.4500.3890.0340.2150.09411.65815.483
Cincinnati1501.3400.5130.3600.4330.0270.2930.15311.73314.707
Detroit1471.3130.4010.4150.4690.0270.2990.15010.74114.054
New England1641.6650.5610.5850.4880.0180.2870.11613.99418.573
Arizona1491.7380.6510.5640.5030.0130.3290.12815.02018.953
Kansas City1501.2330.4270.3670.4070.0330.2470.12710.53311.300
Dallas1491.3360.4230.4900.3960.0130.2680.08711.10113.416
San Francisco1521.0660.3420.2890.4010.0330.1970.1128.51311.638
Pittsburgh1551.2970.5100.4320.3290.0060.1870.09711.01916.174
Buffalo1451.1720.3790.3790.3860.0210.2280.1109.57913.834
Washington1461.3220.4590.3970.4250.0340.2470.12311.32913.692
Oakland1451.3450.5240.3590.3930.0690.2900.14511.77216.359
N.Y. Jets1501.2730.4070.4200.4200.0200.2130.08010.38013.713
New Orleans1541.1430.3380.4030.3960.0060.1880.0919.65611.558
Philadelphia1501.2530.4470.3470.4400.0000.2530.12010.73315.160
Chicago1461.2740.4320.3490.4590.0210.3010.16410.75314.295
Indianapolis1541.5520.6040.4160.5130.0190.2990.12313.16918.721
LA Rams1451.1590.3660.3790.3790.0340.2210.1109.52413.848
Miami1451.2140.4760.3310.3790.0210.2140.13110.53114.228
Tennessee1461.2950.4110.2880.5480.0340.3970.16410.56212.822
Carolina1511.2980.4300.3710.4700.0260.2450.10610.84112.894
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