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 (2379), Defensive Holding (1808), Roughing the Passer (942), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (559), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1691.5270.5330.4790.4670.0410.2840.19513.02415.396
Cleveland1601.2630.4310.4190.3810.0310.2310.07510.54412.963
Minnesota1661.3130.3800.4100.4760.0300.2590.1089.96415.693
Tampa Bay1601.3500.5000.4060.4190.0190.2880.16912.13815.294
Green Bay1761.5850.4830.5060.5630.0230.3070.15913.10218.807
Jacksonville1631.3560.5520.3870.3930.0250.2450.12311.89015.147
Houston1681.3150.4520.4230.4110.0240.2500.08911.10113.952
Seattle1751.1710.3770.3660.3890.0340.2060.0979.46913.851
Denver1701.4760.5710.4290.4530.0240.2710.11212.81216.288
Baltimore1731.3530.4050.4280.4970.0170.3120.15611.55518.098
LA Chargers1651.4240.5030.4550.4300.0240.2730.10912.36414.127
N.Y. Giants1651.3760.5210.4240.3820.0360.2180.10911.51515.376
Cincinnati1661.3430.4940.3730.4400.0300.2950.16311.75914.602
Detroit1631.3620.4480.4170.4720.0250.3130.15311.28815.018
New England1831.6560.5520.5850.4920.0160.2900.11513.85818.432
Arizona1651.6910.6480.5450.4790.0120.3210.12114.72718.309
Kansas City1681.2800.4640.3930.3930.0300.2500.13711.28611.905
Dallas1671.3530.4430.4730.4010.0240.2630.07811.15013.269
San Francisco1681.2080.4050.3510.4230.0300.2320.1319.98212.673
Pittsburgh1711.3740.5380.4680.3390.0060.2050.10511.42716.550
Buffalo1611.2110.3910.3980.3980.0190.2300.11210.14914.807
Washington1621.3210.4570.4070.4200.0310.2410.12311.24713.623
Oakland1611.2920.4910.3480.3910.0620.2670.13011.21115.534
N.Y. Jets1661.2410.4160.3920.4100.0180.2170.07810.15713.307
New Orleans1721.1690.3200.4300.4010.0170.1920.0879.64012.023
Philadelphia1681.3040.4880.3630.4290.0060.2500.11311.32715.667
Chicago1631.3680.4790.3800.4720.0250.2940.16611.31915.356
Indianapolis1721.5640.6400.3950.5120.0170.3080.13413.39518.663
LA Rams1641.1830.3840.4020.3600.0370.2130.1169.89013.787
Miami1611.2110.4910.3230.3730.0190.2170.13710.56513.820
Tennessee1621.2780.4200.2780.5250.0370.3770.15410.47512.698
Carolina1671.2930.4130.3710.4790.0300.2570.12010.77213.120
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