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 (2608), Defensive Holding (2014), Roughing the Passer (1054), Illegal Contact (662), Face Mask (15 Yards) (659), Illegal Use of Hands (621), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (36), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1821.5600.5220.4840.5110.0380.3020.19813.29115.945
Cleveland1731.3010.4340.4280.3990.0350.2490.08110.68213.254
Minnesota1791.3800.4020.4190.5140.0280.2910.11710.55316.056
Tampa Bay1731.3820.5200.4220.4100.0230.2830.17312.48015.751
Green Bay1891.6400.4810.5190.5980.0320.3280.16913.52419.434
Jacksonville1761.3640.5280.3920.4030.0400.2500.11911.90915.159
Houston1811.3540.4640.4250.4360.0220.2650.09911.39814.039
Seattle1881.1860.3880.3830.3720.0370.2020.1019.86713.936
Denver1831.5080.5850.4210.4810.0220.2840.12012.97316.699
Baltimore1871.3420.4170.4280.4760.0160.2990.14411.49717.882
LA Chargers1781.4660.5390.4660.4210.0280.2750.11212.82014.770
N.Y. Giants1781.3650.5060.4210.3930.0340.2300.11211.32615.017
Cincinnati1791.4020.5080.3970.4580.0340.3130.17912.39715.190
Detroit1761.3980.4830.4380.4550.0230.3010.14811.77315.188
New England1961.6630.5260.5970.5050.0260.3010.13813.92318.556
Arizona1781.6740.6400.5390.4720.0170.3260.11814.58418.466
Kansas City1811.3540.5030.4090.4140.0280.2650.13311.90612.315
Dallas1801.3830.4720.4610.4170.0220.2670.07211.51713.539
San Francisco1811.2490.4200.3430.4420.0440.2490.13310.14913.072
Pittsburgh1841.4350.5490.4890.3700.0050.2280.11412.00017.554
Buffalo1741.2410.3910.4080.4140.0230.2410.12110.33915.161
Washington1751.2910.4400.4000.4110.0290.2340.12010.92013.354
Oakland1741.2590.4890.3330.3790.0570.2590.12610.88515.006
N.Y. Jets1801.2720.4330.4000.4170.0170.2280.08910.53313.806
New Orleans1851.1350.3190.4050.3950.0160.1840.0869.35111.589
Philadelphia1811.3430.5080.3650.4360.0110.2600.12211.64615.978
Chicago1761.3920.4830.3860.4890.0230.2840.15911.41515.142
Indianapolis1851.5780.6540.3840.5240.0160.3240.14613.44919.070
LA Rams1771.1860.3790.4120.3620.0340.2150.1199.90413.537
Miami1741.2760.5340.3220.3970.0170.2180.14411.13214.736
Tennessee1751.3200.4690.2860.5140.0340.3710.16010.96613.074
Carolina1801.2780.4220.3670.4610.0280.2500.11110.64413.211
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