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 (1788), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (693), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (471), Illegal Use of Hands (418), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1281.5230.5230.4610.4840.0470.2970.19512.93014.727
Cleveland1241.1130.3710.3630.3550.0240.2260.0659.24211.476
Minnesota1281.2190.3130.4220.4300.0390.2660.1179.46914.656
Tampa Bay1241.2420.4760.3710.3630.0240.2180.13711.14514.508
Green Bay1371.6420.4530.5690.5840.0290.3070.13913.40120.022
Jacksonville1241.3390.5240.4030.3790.0320.2420.12911.79814.919
Houston1291.0230.3800.3260.2870.0310.1780.0548.34111.256
Seattle1361.0590.3680.2870.3750.0220.1910.1038.63212.794
Denver1341.5150.5900.4550.4550.0150.2610.09713.04516.851
Baltimore1361.4490.4190.4780.5290.0150.3310.17612.43419.735
San Diego1271.4650.5590.4170.4570.0160.2760.10212.88214.465
N.Y. Giants1281.4770.5700.4690.3910.0390.2270.10212.35916.523
Cincinnati1301.3460.5310.3620.4150.0310.3000.15411.83814.885
Detroit1261.2700.3570.4050.4760.0320.3100.15910.27013.048
New England1381.5510.5220.5430.4570.0220.2750.11613.15216.848
Arizona1291.6510.5970.5500.4810.0160.3020.12413.92218.000
Kansas City1291.2170.3950.3950.3880.0390.2330.11610.36411.364
Dallas1281.3360.4450.4610.4060.0160.2660.08611.27312.758
San Francisco1321.0910.3410.3110.4020.0380.1890.1068.65212.068
Pittsburgh1311.2750.5190.3820.3510.0080.2060.11510.94715.252
Buffalo1241.1940.4030.3950.3630.0240.2180.10510.01614.395
Washington1261.3410.4840.3970.4210.0320.2460.11111.54813.548
Oakland1251.3360.5040.3680.3920.0720.2800.13611.63216.152
N.Y. Jets1301.2620.3920.4380.4080.0230.2080.06910.36213.577
New Orleans1321.1890.3410.4390.4020.0080.1820.09110.12112.114
Philadelphia1271.2130.4410.3390.4170.0000.2520.11010.37813.969
Chicago1261.2540.4520.3170.4520.0160.2940.15110.42114.857
Indianapolis1341.5750.6120.4180.5220.0220.2910.13413.30619.187
Los Angeles1241.1210.3630.3390.3870.0320.2260.1139.34713.468
Miami1241.2500.5000.3230.3950.0240.2260.15310.84714.363
Tennessee1241.3060.4110.3060.5320.0400.3870.15310.59713.258
Carolina1301.2850.4620.3310.4620.0310.2310.10810.74612.469
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