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 (2325), Defensive Holding (1749), Roughing the Passer (919), Illegal Contact (627), Face Mask (15 Yards) (603), Illegal Use of Hands (553), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1661.5300.5360.4760.4700.0420.2830.19913.03015.313
Cleveland1571.2550.4200.4200.3820.0320.2290.07010.41413.051
Minnesota1631.3010.3800.4110.4600.0310.2580.1109.92615.577
Tampa Bay1571.3250.4840.4080.4080.0190.2740.16611.83415.185
Green Bay1731.5720.4800.5090.5550.0230.3060.15613.09218.618
Jacksonville1601.3630.5560.3880.3940.0250.2440.12511.88815.181
Houston1641.3110.4450.4210.4150.0240.2560.09111.09113.854
Seattle1711.1640.3680.3740.3800.0350.2050.0999.43313.789
Denver1671.4790.5750.4190.4610.0240.2750.11412.77216.281
Baltimore1691.3610.4020.4320.5030.0180.3140.16011.60418.278
LA Chargers1601.3880.5060.4440.4060.0190.2500.08812.01913.969
N.Y. Giants1621.3890.5310.4320.3890.0310.2220.11111.70415.623
Cincinnati1631.3500.5030.3680.4420.0310.2940.16011.81614.564
Detroit1601.3560.4500.4190.4630.0250.3000.15011.21315.069
New England1771.6610.5650.5820.4860.0170.2820.10713.85918.559
Arizona1621.7040.6600.5370.4880.0120.3270.12314.74118.395
Kansas City1631.2640.4660.3740.3930.0310.2450.13511.03711.681
Dallas1621.3520.4380.4810.4010.0190.2650.08011.19813.247
San Francisco1651.1820.3940.3330.4240.0300.2300.1339.62412.370
Pittsburgh1681.3690.5360.4640.3390.0060.2020.10711.37516.476
Buffalo1581.2030.3800.3990.3990.0190.2340.11410.07014.373
Washington1591.3330.4650.4090.4210.0310.2450.12611.40313.818
Oakland1581.3040.4940.3540.3920.0630.2660.13311.31615.696
N.Y. Jets1631.2390.4110.3930.4110.0180.2150.07410.14713.319
New Orleans1671.1680.3290.4190.4130.0060.1980.0909.62911.808
Philadelphia1631.3070.4910.3680.4230.0060.2520.11011.43615.699
Chicago1591.3580.4780.3770.4650.0250.2890.15711.28915.377
Indianapolis1671.5510.6410.4010.4910.0180.2930.12613.29918.719
LA Rams1581.1900.3920.3990.3610.0380.2090.1089.86114.082
Miami1581.2280.4940.3290.3800.0190.2220.13910.70313.987
Tennessee1591.2770.4210.2830.5160.0380.3710.15110.42812.767
Carolina1641.2740.4150.3780.4510.0300.2380.10410.61012.689
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