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 (2264), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (585), Illegal Use of Hands (533), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1621.5310.5370.4630.4810.0430.2900.20412.95715.340
Cleveland1541.2470.4220.4090.3830.0320.2340.07110.37012.870
Minnesota1591.3080.3900.4150.4590.0310.2580.10710.06315.774
Tampa Bay1531.3200.4900.4050.3990.0200.2610.16311.78414.824
Green Bay1701.5650.4760.5060.5530.0240.3000.15312.98218.618
Jacksonville1561.3460.5450.3910.3850.0260.2440.12211.78215.186
Houston1601.2810.4380.4190.3940.0250.2560.09410.96313.863
Seattle1681.1490.3690.3630.3810.0300.2020.1019.40513.417
Denver1631.4790.5640.4290.4600.0250.2760.11012.79816.362
Baltimore1651.3760.4060.4420.5030.0180.3150.15811.70918.497
LA Chargers1561.4100.5130.4490.4170.0190.2560.09012.15414.199
N.Y. Giants1581.4110.5380.4370.3990.0320.2280.11411.89915.810
Cincinnati1591.3460.5160.3580.4400.0250.2960.15711.79214.704
Detroit1561.3460.4490.4170.4550.0260.2880.14111.09614.699
New England1741.6440.5520.5750.4890.0170.2870.10913.70118.374
Arizona1581.7090.6520.5440.4940.0130.3290.12014.75318.589
Kansas City1601.2380.4380.3690.4000.0310.2500.13810.71311.413
Dallas1581.3350.4430.4810.3800.0190.2530.08211.15813.146
San Francisco1621.1420.3830.3210.4070.0310.2100.1239.29612.185
Pittsburgh1641.3350.5060.4630.3350.0060.2010.11011.14016.079
Buffalo1551.1610.3680.3870.3810.0190.2190.1039.66513.703
Washington1551.3290.4710.4060.4130.0320.2390.11611.36813.877
Oakland1541.3250.5060.3570.3960.0650.2730.13611.50015.955
N.Y. Jets1601.2440.4130.3940.4130.0190.2130.07510.18113.419
New Orleans1631.1660.3310.4170.4110.0060.1960.0869.67511.761
Philadelphia1591.2770.4720.3520.4280.0060.2520.11311.06315.459
Chicago1551.3420.4710.3680.4650.0260.2900.16111.22615.290
Indianapolis1631.5520.6200.4110.5030.0180.3010.12913.22718.810
LA Rams1551.1740.3870.3810.3680.0390.2130.1109.66513.942
Miami1551.2190.4840.3230.3870.0190.2260.14210.58113.890
Tennessee1551.2710.4190.2710.5230.0390.3810.15510.34212.561
Carolina1601.2690.4190.3690.4500.0310.2380.10610.58112.694
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