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 (2548), Defensive Holding (1977), Roughing the Passer (1037), Illegal Contact (656), Face Mask (15 Yards) (651), Illegal Use of Hands (611), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (32), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1791.5530.5250.4860.4970.0390.2910.19613.15115.726
Cleveland1701.2880.4350.4180.3940.0350.2470.08210.58212.988
Minnesota1771.3730.4010.4120.5140.0280.2880.11310.50815.966
Tampa Bay1701.3940.5240.4240.4180.0240.2880.17612.58215.876
Green Bay1861.6240.4840.5220.5860.0220.3170.16713.48419.398
Jacksonville1731.3530.5380.3870.4050.0230.2540.12111.94215.121
Houston1781.3600.4660.4210.4440.0220.2700.10111.43814.191
Seattle1851.2000.3950.3890.3730.0380.2000.0979.96814.135
Denver1801.5060.5780.4220.4830.0220.2890.12213.00016.667
Baltimore1831.3390.4210.4150.4810.0160.3060.14811.51917.689
LA Chargers1761.4720.5340.4720.4260.0280.2780.11412.86914.818
N.Y. Giants1751.3830.5140.4230.4000.0340.2340.11411.48015.251
Cincinnati1761.3920.4940.3980.4600.0340.3130.18212.31815.028
Detroit1731.3820.4740.4340.4510.0230.2950.14511.56115.145
New England1931.6530.5280.5960.4920.0260.2900.13513.85018.378
Arizona1761.6760.6480.5340.4720.0170.3240.11914.57418.472
Kansas City1791.3350.4970.4080.4020.0280.2570.12811.75412.246
Dallas1771.3790.4630.4580.4240.0230.2710.07311.45813.508
San Francisco1781.2470.4270.3480.4380.0340.2470.13510.23613.084
Pittsburgh1811.4250.5470.4860.3650.0060.2210.11611.97817.376
Buffalo1711.2340.3920.4150.4040.0180.2400.11710.27514.860
Washington1721.2970.4420.4010.4130.0290.2330.11610.98813.378
Oakland1711.2690.4970.3270.3860.0580.2630.12911.03515.234
N.Y. Jets1761.2780.4430.3980.4150.0170.2220.08010.52313.932
New Orleans1821.1430.3240.4120.3900.0160.1870.0889.45111.720
Philadelphia1781.3310.5000.3710.4330.0110.2580.11811.59015.882
Chicago1731.3990.4910.3870.4860.0230.2770.15611.47415.289
Indianapolis1821.5930.6590.3850.5330.0160.3300.14813.58819.066
LA Rams1741.1840.3790.4080.3620.0340.2130.1159.87413.672
Miami1711.2400.5090.3270.3800.0180.2110.13510.81914.152
Tennessee1721.3310.4650.2910.5230.0350.3780.16311.04113.180
Carolina1771.2710.4120.3670.4630.0280.2540.11310.59913.011
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