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 (2020), Defensive Holding (1455), Roughing the Passer (787), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (523), Illegal Use of Hands (477), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1451.5170.5240.4690.4760.0410.2760.17912.60714.814
Cleveland1381.2390.4280.4060.3700.0360.2320.07210.21712.587
Minnesota1431.2590.3360.4130.4620.0350.2800.1199.72715.049
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
Seattle1521.0790.3620.3220.3620.0260.1910.0998.96712.974
Denver1481.4930.5740.4390.4590.0200.2640.10112.86516.770
Baltimore1501.3670.4000.4400.5070.0130.3130.16011.64018.400
LA Chargers1421.4650.5560.4300.4440.0210.2750.09212.77514.768
N.Y. Giants1441.4030.5210.4510.3890.0350.2150.09711.64615.632
Cincinnati1441.3330.5210.3470.4310.0280.2990.15311.67414.743
Detroit1421.2960.3940.4080.4650.0280.2960.15510.62713.845
New England1551.6390.5610.5810.4650.0190.2770.11013.87117.619
Arizona1431.7270.6360.5730.4970.0140.3290.12614.87418.636
Kansas City1431.2240.4200.3780.3920.0350.2380.11910.47611.427
Dallas1441.3130.4170.4790.3890.0140.2570.07610.83312.965
San Francisco1461.0680.3560.2880.3900.0340.1920.1108.60311.699
Pittsburgh1481.2770.5000.4260.3310.0070.1890.10110.96615.784
Buffalo1381.1520.3840.3910.3480.0220.2030.1019.47113.732
Washington1411.3330.4540.4040.4330.0350.2480.12111.34013.780
Oakland1391.3310.5180.3450.4030.0650.2950.14411.71216.079
N.Y. Jets1441.2430.4030.4170.4030.0210.2080.07610.23613.382
New Orleans1461.1640.3360.4110.4110.0070.1990.0969.87711.932
Philadelphia1411.2410.4540.3400.4260.0000.2410.11310.65214.723
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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