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 (1850), Defensive Holding (1309), Roughing the Passer (717), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (489), Illegal Use of Hands (428), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1331.5190.5490.4510.4660.0450.2860.18812.89514.782
Cleveland1281.1410.3670.3830.3670.0230.2340.0709.47711.719
Minnesota1321.2120.3180.4170.4240.0380.2580.1149.39414.568
Tampa Bay1281.2420.4770.3750.3590.0230.2110.13311.02314.406
Green Bay1431.6290.4620.5520.5800.0280.3150.14713.36419.755
Jacksonville1281.3670.5390.3980.3980.0310.2580.13312.07815.461
Houston1351.1040.4150.3330.3260.0300.2070.0599.17011.726
Seattle1421.0630.3730.2960.3590.0280.1830.0998.69012.866
Denver1381.5000.5940.4420.4490.0140.2460.09412.93516.580
Baltimore1401.4210.4140.4640.5210.0140.3210.17112.17919.314
San Diego1311.4350.5500.4050.4500.0150.2750.09912.58814.191
N.Y. Giants1331.4290.5490.4590.3760.0380.2180.09811.94716.015
Cincinnati1341.3280.5300.3510.4100.0300.2990.14911.66414.888
Detroit1311.2900.3590.4120.4890.0310.3130.16010.38213.504
New England1431.5660.5170.5520.4620.0210.2730.11213.11917.203
Arizona1331.6690.6170.5640.4660.0150.2930.12014.09818.023
Kansas City1331.2330.4060.3980.3910.0380.2410.12010.54911.534
Dallas1331.3380.4510.4660.3980.0150.2630.08311.24813.030
San Francisco1361.0740.3460.3010.3900.0370.1840.1038.54411.787
Pittsburgh1371.2630.5110.3940.3360.0070.1970.10910.83915.255
Buffalo1281.1720.3910.3910.3590.0230.2190.1099.85914.102
Washington1301.3230.4690.3920.4230.0310.2460.11511.35413.562
Oakland1291.3410.4960.3640.4110.0700.2950.14711.65116.054
N.Y. Jets1341.2310.3880.4250.3960.0220.2010.06710.12713.209
New Orleans1361.1910.3460.4260.4120.0070.1990.09610.16912.176
Philadelphia1311.2210.4430.3440.4200.0000.2520.11510.51114.282
Chicago1301.2620.4540.3310.4460.0150.2920.14610.52314.738
Indianapolis1381.5800.6230.4280.5070.0220.2830.13013.42019.399
Los Angeles1281.1330.3670.3520.3830.0310.2270.1179.53913.570
Miami1291.2250.4960.3180.3800.0230.2170.14710.65114.132
Tennessee1281.2890.4140.2970.5230.0390.3750.14810.44513.156
Carolina1341.2610.4550.3210.4550.0300.2310.10410.54512.216
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