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 (2785), Defensive Holding (2119), Roughing the Passer (1118), Illegal Contact (701), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (644), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (46), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1911.5600.5240.4760.5130.0420.2980.19413.33016.115
Cleveland1821.3130.4340.4230.4070.0440.2580.08810.84113.258
Minnesota1901.3790.4260.4110.4950.0260.2840.11610.61115.900
Tampa Bay1821.3960.5110.4290.4290.0220.2860.17612.42916.500
Green Bay1991.6130.4670.5180.5880.0300.3170.16113.20118.930
Jacksonville1851.3890.5510.3950.4050.0380.2540.11412.09215.427
Houston1921.3280.4530.4220.4270.0210.2600.09411.14613.734
Seattle1981.1920.3890.3790.3790.0350.2120.1119.96513.803
Denver1911.5450.5860.4240.5030.0310.2930.13113.14716.979
Baltimore1961.3060.4030.4290.4540.0150.2860.13811.17317.219
LA Chargers1861.4680.5380.4620.4250.0320.2850.11312.88214.898
N.Y. Giants1881.4040.5050.4310.4260.0320.2390.11711.62215.112
Cincinnati1881.4040.5110.4040.4470.0370.3030.17612.38315.106
Detroit1841.4290.5110.4460.4510.0220.3040.15212.15815.766
New England2051.6440.5270.5900.4930.0240.2930.13713.79518.185
Arizona1871.6790.6310.5610.4650.0160.3210.11814.56118.283
Kansas City1931.3730.5180.4090.4150.0310.2690.14512.08312.896
Dallas1891.3810.4710.4710.4070.0210.2650.06911.39213.275
San Francisco1931.2490.4150.3420.4510.0360.2640.14510.26913.197
Pittsburgh1921.4320.5570.4740.3700.0100.2190.10911.95317.609
Buffalo1841.2450.3800.4080.4240.0270.2500.13610.42415.141
Washington1841.2930.4460.3910.4130.0330.2340.11410.84813.332
Las Vegas1821.2910.4840.3630.3900.0550.2640.12111.09315.769
N.Y. Jets1881.2930.4260.4200.4200.0210.2340.10110.80314.160
New Orleans1941.1550.3250.4230.3920.0150.1860.0889.54611.902
Philadelphia1921.3800.5100.3960.4430.0100.2550.11512.05716.656
Chicago1851.4000.4860.3840.4920.0270.2860.16211.54115.422
Indianapolis1941.5930.6600.3870.5210.0260.3250.14413.49519.021
LA Rams1861.1670.3710.4030.3600.0320.2200.1249.80113.285
Miami1831.3060.5360.3280.4150.0220.2300.15311.29515.044
Tennessee1861.3280.4570.3010.5220.0320.3660.15611.01613.134
Carolina1891.2590.4230.3600.4500.0260.2380.10610.52913.259
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