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 (2010), Defensive Holding (1446), Roughing the Passer (786), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (522), Illegal Use of Hands (473), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (23), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1441.5000.5140.4580.4790.0420.2780.18112.44414.563
Cleveland1381.2390.4280.4060.3700.0360.2320.07210.21712.587
Minnesota1421.2610.3380.4150.4580.0350.2750.1209.73915.120
Tampa Bay1381.2540.4640.3770.3840.0220.2320.14511.15214.188
Green Bay1541.6230.4810.5390.5710.0260.3180.15613.49419.591
Jacksonville1381.3990.5580.4060.4060.0290.2540.12312.22515.862
Houston1451.2210.4280.4000.3590.0280.2280.07610.24113.303
Seattle1511.0730.3640.3180.3580.0260.1850.0938.91412.834
Denver1471.5030.5780.4420.4630.0200.2650.10212.95216.884
Baltimore1501.3670.4000.4400.5070.0130.3130.16011.64018.400
LA Chargers1401.4710.5640.4360.4430.0140.2710.09312.88614.879
N.Y. Giants1431.4130.5240.4550.3920.0350.2170.09811.72715.741
Cincinnati1431.3290.5170.3500.4270.0280.2940.15411.64314.706
Detroit1411.2770.3760.4110.4610.0280.2980.15610.47513.674
New England1541.6300.5580.5780.4610.0190.2730.11013.81217.571
Arizona1431.7270.6360.5730.4970.0140.3290.12614.87418.636
Kansas City1431.2240.4200.3780.3920.0350.2380.11910.47611.427
Dallas1421.3100.4230.4720.3870.0140.2610.07710.88712.824
San Francisco1461.0680.3560.2880.3900.0340.1920.1108.60311.699
Pittsburgh1481.2770.5000.4260.3310.0070.1890.10110.96615.784
Buffalo1371.1530.3870.3870.3500.0220.2040.1029.51813.737
Washington1401.3290.4500.4070.4290.0360.2500.12111.32913.579
Oakland1381.3330.5140.3480.4060.0650.2970.14511.72516.159
N.Y. Jets1441.2430.4030.4170.4030.0210.2080.07610.23613.382
New Orleans1461.1640.3360.4110.4110.0070.1990.0969.87711.932
Philadelphia1401.2430.4570.3430.4290.0000.2430.11410.72914.793
Chicago1401.2790.4500.3360.4640.0140.3070.15710.75714.479
Indianapolis1481.5610.6150.4120.5140.0200.2910.12213.23619.142
LA Rams1381.1380.3700.3550.3840.0290.2320.1169.58013.384
Miami1391.2370.4960.3310.3810.0220.2230.13710.82014.353
Tennessee1381.2970.4200.2830.5430.0360.3910.15910.55812.986
Carolina1441.2570.4440.3470.4380.0280.2290.09710.56912.319
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