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 (2663), Defensive Holding (2061), Roughing the Passer (1078), Illegal Contact (673), Face Mask (15 Yards) (665), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (39), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1851.5620.5240.4810.5140.0380.3030.19513.29716.049
Cleveland1761.3180.4380.4260.4030.0450.2500.08510.79013.278
Minnesota1841.3700.4080.4130.5050.0270.2880.11410.50515.853
Tampa Bay1761.3640.5170.4150.4030.0230.2780.17012.32415.670
Green Bay1941.6190.4690.5210.5880.0310.3250.16513.36619.149
Jacksonville1791.3800.5470.3910.4020.0390.2510.11712.03915.318
Houston1861.3490.4570.4300.4350.0220.2690.09711.35513.914
Seattle1931.1810.3940.3780.3680.0360.2020.0989.80313.725
Denver1861.5220.5910.4250.4780.0270.2850.12413.07516.720
Baltimore1901.3370.4160.4320.4680.0160.2950.14211.43217.716
LA Chargers1811.4750.5470.4700.4200.0280.2760.11012.93414.840
N.Y. Giants1811.3810.5080.4250.4030.0330.2380.11611.43115.122
Cincinnati1821.4120.5160.3900.4620.0380.3130.18112.46715.214
Detroit1791.4020.4970.4360.4470.0220.2960.14511.83215.268
New England2001.6600.5250.5950.5050.0250.3000.14013.90518.385
Arizona1811.6800.6410.5410.4750.0170.3260.11614.60818.586
Kansas City1871.3800.5190.4170.4170.0270.2730.14412.17612.989
Dallas1831.3660.4640.4540.4150.0220.2680.07111.36613.339
San Francisco1871.2300.4170.3370.4390.0370.2460.13410.07012.947
Pittsburgh1871.4330.5510.4810.3740.0050.2250.11211.95217.460
Buffalo1781.2130.3820.3990.4040.0220.2360.11810.10714.820
Washington1781.2980.4490.3930.4100.0340.2360.11810.97213.421
Oakland1771.2660.4860.3450.3790.0560.2600.12410.96015.107
N.Y. Jets1821.2640.4290.3960.4180.0160.2250.08810.43413.731
New Orleans1891.1480.3170.4230.3920.0160.1800.0859.40211.725
Philadelphia1851.3510.5080.3780.4320.0110.2590.11911.82216.238
Chicago1791.3910.4800.3850.4920.0220.2850.16211.41315.089
Indianapolis1881.5800.6540.3830.5210.0210.3190.14413.38319.016
LA Rams1801.1890.3720.4170.3670.0330.2220.1229.96113.467
Miami1771.2880.5310.3280.4070.0170.2260.14711.23214.785
Tennessee1811.3090.4640.2930.5030.0330.3650.16010.98912.912
Carolina1831.2620.4150.3660.4540.0270.2460.10910.51413.153
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