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 (1955), Defensive Holding (1398), Roughing the Passer (754), Illegal Contact (567), Face Mask (15 Yards) (502), Illegal Use of Hands (455), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1401.5140.5210.4570.4860.0430.2860.18612.56414.736
Cleveland1341.2160.4100.3960.3730.0370.2310.07510.00712.358
Minnesota1381.2320.3410.3990.4420.0360.2610.1099.55814.804
Tampa Bay1331.2560.4740.3680.3830.0230.2260.13511.09814.376
Green Bay1501.6330.4670.5470.5870.0270.3270.16013.52019.613
Jacksonville1341.3810.5450.3960.4100.0300.2610.12712.11915.687
Houston1411.1910.4400.3620.3550.0280.2200.0649.99313.014
Seattle1471.0480.3670.2930.3540.0270.1840.0958.59912.633
Denver1431.5100.5940.4410.4550.0210.2590.10513.09116.979
Baltimore1461.3840.4040.4450.5140.0140.3150.16411.80118.637
LA Chargers1371.4600.5620.4230.4450.0150.2700.09512.76614.584
N.Y. Giants1391.4030.5320.4460.3810.0360.2090.09411.63315.806
Cincinnati1391.3450.5250.3450.4390.0290.3020.15811.76314.986
Detroit1371.2990.3800.4160.4740.0290.3070.16110.66413.788
New England1511.6090.5360.5700.4700.0200.2780.11313.61617.457
Arizona1391.6910.6400.5610.4680.0140.2950.12214.56818.432
Kansas City1401.2290.4140.3790.4000.0360.2430.12110.47911.493
Dallas1381.3330.4350.4860.3840.0140.2540.08011.08712.949
San Francisco1421.0770.3520.2890.4010.0350.1970.1138.62011.852
Pittsburgh1441.2710.5000.4170.3330.0070.1880.10410.88215.604
Buffalo1331.1500.3910.3760.3530.0230.2110.1059.63913.917
Washington1351.3110.4590.3930.4220.0300.2520.11911.31113.393
Oakland1361.3380.5150.3530.4040.0660.2940.14711.77216.228
N.Y. Jets1401.2140.3860.4140.3930.0210.2000.0719.92912.936
New Orleans1411.1770.3400.4180.4110.0070.1990.09210.04312.099
Philadelphia1371.2190.4380.3500.4160.0000.2410.10910.53314.467
Chicago1361.2790.4490.3310.4710.0150.3090.16210.68414.669
Indianapolis1441.5690.6250.4170.5070.0210.2920.12513.36819.215
LA Rams1341.1420.3730.3510.3880.0300.2310.1199.64913.433
Miami1341.2160.4850.3210.3810.0220.2160.14210.61214.075
Tennessee1341.2840.4250.2840.5220.0370.3810.14910.44813.030
Carolina1401.2710.4500.3430.4500.0290.2360.10010.62912.443
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