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 (2268), Defensive Holding (1695), Roughing the Passer (895), Illegal Contact (620), Face Mask (15 Yards) (588), Illegal Use of Hands (536), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1631.5210.5340.4600.4790.0430.2880.20212.87715.245
Cleveland1541.2470.4220.4090.3830.0320.2340.07110.37012.870
Minnesota1601.3190.3880.4130.4690.0310.2630.11310.08115.838
Tampa Bay1541.3180.4870.4030.4030.0190.2660.16911.77314.825
Green Bay1701.5650.4760.5060.5530.0240.3000.15312.98218.618
Jacksonville1571.3440.5410.3890.3890.0250.2420.12111.73215.121
Houston1611.2980.4410.4220.4040.0250.2550.09311.05013.957
Seattle1681.1490.3690.3630.3810.0300.2020.1019.40513.417
Denver1641.4820.5670.4270.4630.0240.2740.11012.80516.384
Baltimore1661.3670.4040.4400.5000.0180.3130.15711.63918.386
LA Chargers1571.4080.5160.4460.4140.0190.2550.08912.14014.140
N.Y. Giants1591.4030.5350.4340.3960.0310.2260.11311.82415.711
Cincinnati1601.3440.5130.3630.4380.0250.2940.15611.73114.619
Detroit1571.3380.4460.4140.4520.0250.2870.14011.02514.605
New England1741.6440.5520.5750.4890.0170.2870.10913.70118.374
Arizona1591.7040.6540.5410.4910.0130.3270.11914.72318.503
Kansas City1601.2380.4380.3690.4000.0310.2500.13810.71311.413
Dallas1591.3330.4400.4780.3840.0190.2580.08211.14513.094
San Francisco1621.1420.3830.3210.4070.0310.2100.1239.29612.185
Pittsburgh1651.3520.5150.4730.3330.0060.2000.10911.18216.170
Buffalo1551.1610.3680.3870.3810.0190.2190.1039.66513.703
Washington1561.3330.4680.4100.4170.0320.2440.12211.41713.853
Oakland1551.3160.5030.3550.3940.0650.2710.13511.42615.852
N.Y. Jets1601.2440.4130.3940.4130.0190.2130.07510.18113.419
New Orleans1641.1650.3290.4150.4150.0060.1950.0859.63411.701
Philadelphia1601.2810.4810.3500.4250.0060.2500.11311.11915.494
Chicago1561.3400.4740.3650.4620.0260.2880.16011.21815.224
Indianapolis1641.5490.6220.4090.5000.0180.2990.12813.20718.909
LA Rams1551.1740.3870.3810.3680.0390.2130.1109.66513.942
Miami1551.2190.4840.3230.3870.0190.2260.14210.58113.890
Tennessee1561.2630.4170.2690.5190.0380.3780.15410.27612.481
Carolina1611.2610.4160.3660.4470.0310.2360.10610.51612.615
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