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 (2064), Defensive Holding (1497), Roughing the Passer (808), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (534), Illegal Use of Hands (491), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1481.5540.5470.4730.4860.0410.2840.18912.92615.027
Cleveland1411.2340.4180.4040.3760.0350.2340.07810.19112.652
Minnesota1451.2620.3450.4140.4550.0340.2760.1179.77215.076
Tampa Bay1411.2480.4610.3690.3900.0210.2410.15611.12814.326
Green Bay1571.6180.4780.5290.5800.0250.3180.15913.40119.401
Jacksonville1411.3970.5670.3970.4040.0280.2550.12112.22715.972
Houston1481.2640.4390.4050.3850.0270.2500.08810.64913.730
Seattle1551.1030.3610.3290.3810.0260.2000.1039.12313.129
Denver1511.4830.5630.4440.4570.0200.2650.09912.82816.603
Baltimore1531.3730.3920.4580.5030.0130.3070.15711.71918.471
LA Chargers1441.4510.5490.4310.4380.0210.2710.09012.63914.632
N.Y. Giants1461.4040.5210.4590.3840.0340.2120.09611.62315.603
Cincinnati1471.3200.5100.3470.4290.0270.2930.15011.53714.503
Detroit1441.2990.3890.4170.4650.0280.2920.15310.59713.896
New England1571.6370.5540.5860.4650.0190.2740.10813.80917.554
Arizona1461.7260.6510.5620.4930.0140.3290.13014.95918.493
Kansas City1461.2050.4110.3700.3900.0340.2400.12310.32911.226
Dallas1461.3150.4180.4790.3900.0140.2600.08210.89713.041
San Francisco1491.0740.3490.2950.3960.0340.1950.1078.58411.812
Pittsburgh1511.3050.5100.4440.3250.0070.1850.09911.11316.265
Buffalo1411.1490.3830.3830.3550.0210.2060.1069.44713.667
Washington1431.3290.4480.4060.4340.0350.2520.12611.32213.727
Oakland1421.3450.5280.3590.3940.0630.2890.14111.75416.211
N.Y. Jets1471.2720.4080.4220.4150.0200.2110.08210.38813.537
New Orleans1491.1540.3360.4090.4030.0070.1950.0949.79911.732
Philadelphia1441.2500.4440.3470.4380.0000.2430.11810.67414.896
Chicago1431.2660.4410.3290.4690.0140.3080.16110.68514.287
Indianapolis1511.5500.6030.4110.5170.0200.2980.12613.16618.927
LA Rams1411.1700.3760.3760.3830.0350.2270.1139.74513.851
Miami1411.2270.4890.3330.3760.0210.2200.13510.72314.390
Tennessee1411.2980.4180.2910.5390.0350.3900.16310.63112.957
Carolina1471.2860.4350.3610.4630.0270.2380.10910.77612.748
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