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 (1889), Defensive Holding (1345), Roughing the Passer (727), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (493), Illegal Use of Hands (436), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1371.5110.5330.4450.4820.0440.2850.18212.67214.686
Cleveland1301.1540.3770.3850.3690.0230.2310.0699.58511.815
Minnesota1341.2090.3280.4100.4180.0370.2540.1129.40314.515
Tampa Bay1291.2560.4730.3720.3800.0230.2250.13211.06214.388
Green Bay1461.6300.4660.5410.5890.0270.3290.15813.48619.623
Jacksonville1301.3770.5380.4080.4000.0310.2540.13112.11515.600
Houston1371.1530.4230.3500.3500.0290.2190.0669.76612.204
Seattle1441.0560.3750.2920.3540.0280.1810.0978.63912.826
Denver1401.5000.6000.4430.4430.0140.2430.09312.95716.621
Baltimore1421.4230.4150.4580.5280.0140.3240.16912.13419.162
LA Chargers1331.4440.5640.3980.4510.0150.2780.09812.63914.466
N.Y. Giants1351.4150.5410.4520.3780.0370.2150.09611.77815.889
Cincinnati1361.3310.5290.3530.4120.0290.2940.14711.64714.853
Detroit1331.2780.3610.4060.4810.0300.3080.15810.30113.338
New England1471.5850.5310.5440.4760.0200.2860.11613.27917.272
Arizona1351.6670.6220.5560.4670.0150.2960.12614.18517.985
Kansas City1351.2220.4070.3930.3850.0370.2370.11910.46711.511
Dallas1351.3410.4440.4810.3930.0150.2590.08111.25913.141
San Francisco1391.0860.3600.2950.3960.0360.1940.1088.71211.906
Pittsburgh1401.2790.5070.4140.3360.0070.1930.10711.01415.836
Buffalo1301.1690.3920.3850.3620.0230.2150.1089.78514.092
Washington1321.3180.4620.3940.4240.0300.2500.12111.34113.583
Oakland1311.3360.4960.3590.4120.0690.2980.15311.66416.122
N.Y. Jets1361.2210.3900.4190.3900.0220.1990.06610.05113.051
New Orleans1381.1880.3410.4280.4130.0070.2030.09410.18112.217
Philadelphia1331.2180.4360.3530.4140.0000.2480.11310.56414.143
Chicago1321.2580.4470.3330.4470.0150.2880.14410.47014.591
Indianapolis1401.5640.6210.4210.5000.0210.2790.12913.30019.157
LA Rams1311.1450.3740.3510.3890.0310.2290.1159.64113.473
Miami1301.2150.4920.3150.3770.0230.2150.14610.56914.023
Tennessee1301.2690.4080.2920.5150.0380.3690.14610.28512.954
Carolina1361.2650.4560.3310.4490.0290.2280.10310.60312.213
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