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 (2164), Defensive Holding (1595), Roughing the Passer (845), Illegal Contact (602), Face Mask (15 Yards) (554), Illegal Use of Hands (506), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1551.5160.5290.4650.4710.0450.2770.18712.67114.632
Cleveland1471.2380.4080.4080.3880.0340.2380.07510.29912.735
Minnesota1521.3030.3750.4140.4670.0330.2630.11210.02016.007
Tampa Bay1461.2950.4860.3900.3900.0210.2470.15111.49314.603
Green Bay1621.6110.4940.5190.5680.0250.3090.15413.40119.185
Jacksonville1491.3830.5500.4030.4030.0270.2550.12812.02715.725
Houston1531.2680.4380.4050.3920.0260.2480.08510.68613.542
Seattle1601.1060.3630.3380.3750.0250.2000.1009.16912.969
Denver1561.4740.5510.4290.4680.0260.2760.10912.76916.385
Baltimore1581.3670.3920.4430.5130.0130.3160.15211.65818.513
LA Chargers1491.4430.5370.4360.4360.0200.2680.09412.55714.544
N.Y. Giants1511.4170.5300.4500.3970.0330.2190.09911.75515.709
Cincinnati1521.3620.5200.3550.4540.0260.3090.16411.94715.039
Detroit1491.3290.4230.4160.4630.0270.2950.14810.93314.188
New England1661.6570.5540.5840.4880.0180.2830.11413.88018.464
Arizona1511.7220.6420.5630.4970.0130.3250.12614.87418.728
Kansas City1521.2300.4280.3680.4010.0330.2430.12510.46711.191
Dallas1511.3440.4300.4900.3970.0130.2650.08611.21213.424
San Francisco1541.1040.3510.3120.4090.0320.2010.1178.87011.955
Pittsburgh1571.3250.5220.4390.3380.0060.1970.10211.14616.191
Buffalo1471.1630.3740.3810.3810.0200.2240.1099.60513.782
Washington1481.3310.4590.4050.4260.0340.2500.12211.39913.642
Oakland1471.3540.5310.3610.3950.0680.2860.14311.85016.340
N.Y. Jets1531.2610.4050.4120.4180.0200.2160.07810.28113.510
New Orleans1561.1540.3400.4100.3970.0060.1860.0909.69211.667
Philadelphia1521.2760.4670.3490.4410.0000.2570.11810.96715.336
Chicago1481.2910.4390.3510.4590.0270.2970.16910.81814.473
Indianapolis1561.5580.6090.4170.5130.0190.3010.12213.23119.006
LA Rams1471.1700.3740.3880.3740.0340.2180.1099.63914.354
Miami1471.2240.4760.3330.3880.0200.2180.12910.55814.238
Tennessee1481.2770.4050.2840.5410.0340.3920.16210.41912.649
Carolina1531.2940.4250.3730.4710.0260.2480.11110.81012.928
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