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 (2409), Defensive Holding (1844), Roughing the Passer (957), Illegal Contact (641), Face Mask (15 Yards) (620), Illegal Use of Hands (561), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1711.5260.5260.4740.4800.0410.2870.19312.95915.450
Cleveland1621.2720.4260.4200.3890.0370.2410.08010.54913.056
Minnesota1681.3270.3990.4050.4760.0300.2620.10710.12515.792
Tampa Bay1621.3460.4940.4070.4200.0190.2900.17312.10515.235
Green Bay1781.5840.4830.5060.5620.0220.3030.15713.12918.978
Jacksonville1651.3580.5520.3820.4000.0240.2550.12711.97015.176
Houston1701.3120.4470.4240.4120.0240.2530.08811.04113.847
Seattle1771.1690.3730.3730.3840.0340.2030.0969.50313.932
Denver1721.4880.5760.4360.4530.0230.2730.11612.96516.436
Baltimore1751.3600.4170.4230.4970.0170.3140.15411.62918.057
LA Chargers1671.4250.5090.4550.4250.0240.2690.10812.41914.078
N.Y. Giants1671.3590.5150.4190.3770.0360.2160.10811.37715.192
Cincinnati1681.3450.4940.3750.4400.0300.2920.16111.78014.637
Detroit1651.3520.4480.4120.4670.0240.3090.15211.21214.927
New England1851.6590.5460.6000.4860.0160.2860.11413.88118.346
Arizona1671.6890.6530.5450.4730.0120.3170.12014.67718.150
Kansas City1701.2880.4710.3940.3940.0290.2470.13511.31211.982
Dallas1691.3550.4440.4730.4020.0240.2600.07711.22513.195
San Francisco1701.2180.4060.3470.4290.0350.2350.13510.01212.829
Pittsburgh1731.3870.5430.4620.3530.0060.2080.10411.49716.595
Buffalo1631.2330.3990.4050.4050.0180.2330.11710.31914.957
Washington1641.3170.4510.4150.4150.0300.2380.12211.17713.640
Oakland1631.2880.4970.3440.3870.0610.2640.12911.19615.638
N.Y. Jets1681.2560.4170.3930.4230.0180.2260.08310.33313.536
New Orleans1741.1670.3280.4250.3970.0170.1900.0869.64412.000
Philadelphia1701.3000.4820.3650.4290.0060.2470.11211.32415.541
Chicago1651.3880.4910.3820.4790.0240.2910.16411.47915.394
Indianapolis1741.5570.6380.3910.5110.0170.3100.13213.33918.764
LA Rams1661.1870.3860.4040.3610.0360.2110.1149.91013.795
Miami1631.2090.4910.3250.3680.0180.2150.13510.60713.834
Tennessee1641.2990.4270.2800.5370.0370.3840.16510.62212.884
Carolina1691.2900.4080.3790.4730.0300.2540.11810.76313.059
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