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 (2212), Defensive Holding (1646), Roughing the Passer (875), Illegal Contact (613), Face Mask (15 Yards) (571), Illegal Use of Hands (522), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1591.5280.5350.4650.4780.0440.2830.19512.88714.887
Cleveland1501.2400.4130.4070.3870.0330.2400.07310.34712.873
Minnesota1561.2820.3720.4100.4550.0320.2560.1099.86515.699
Tampa Bay1491.3020.4900.3890.3960.0200.2550.15411.57014.671
Green Bay1661.5960.4820.5180.5660.0240.3070.15713.23519.036
Jacksonville1531.3590.5490.3920.3920.0260.2480.12411.84315.418
Houston1571.2800.4390.4140.3950.0250.2550.08910.93013.790
Seattle1641.1160.3540.3540.3780.0240.2010.1049.14612.884
Denver1601.4940.5750.4310.4630.0250.2750.11312.93816.600
Baltimore1621.3580.3950.4380.5060.0120.3150.14811.56218.160
LA Chargers1531.4310.5230.4510.4250.0200.2610.09212.34614.379
N.Y. Giants1551.4000.5290.4390.3940.0320.2190.10311.67715.497
Cincinnati1561.3590.5260.3590.4420.0260.3010.16011.92314.891
Detroit1521.3220.4340.4080.4540.0260.2890.14510.91414.086
New England1701.6590.5590.5760.4940.0180.2880.11213.88218.612
Arizona1551.7160.6580.5480.4900.0130.3230.12314.81318.619
Kansas City1561.2370.4360.3650.4040.0320.2500.13510.60911.429
Dallas1551.3480.4450.4840.3870.0190.2580.08411.24513.335
San Francisco1581.1330.3730.3100.4180.0320.2150.1279.17712.146
Pittsburgh1611.3480.5160.4600.3420.0060.2050.11211.26716.317
Buffalo1511.1520.3770.3770.3710.0200.2190.1069.56313.616
Washington1511.3380.4570.4170.4240.0330.2450.11911.40413.815
Oakland1511.3510.5170.3640.4040.0660.2780.13911.72816.272
N.Y. Jets1561.2560.4170.4040.4100.0190.2120.07710.30813.474
New Orleans1591.1640.3330.4090.4150.0060.1950.0889.68611.730
Philadelphia1561.2950.4740.3590.4360.0060.2560.11511.21215.449
Chicago1511.3250.4640.3580.4640.0260.2980.16611.09914.841
Indianapolis1601.5630.6250.4130.5060.0190.3000.12513.27519.013
LA Rams1511.1920.3910.3840.3770.0400.2190.1139.81514.245
Miami1511.2190.4830.3250.3840.0200.2190.13210.54314.106
Tennessee1521.2760.4210.2760.5260.0390.3820.15810.43412.651
Carolina1561.2820.4170.3720.4620.0320.2440.10910.66712.750
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