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 (2691), Defensive Holding (2073), Roughing the Passer (1084), Illegal Contact (676), Face Mask (15 Yards) (673), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (43), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1861.5590.5270.4780.5110.0380.3010.19413.30616.022
Cleveland1781.3260.4380.4210.4160.0450.2640.09010.86513.360
Minnesota1851.3840.4220.4110.5030.0270.2860.11410.61115.984
Tampa Bay1771.3790.5200.4240.4070.0230.2770.16912.37916.153
Green Bay1951.6150.4720.5180.5850.0310.3230.16413.34919.077
Jacksonville1801.3780.5500.3890.4000.0390.2500.11712.02815.400
Houston1871.3420.4550.4280.4330.0210.2670.09611.29413.840
Seattle1941.1800.3920.3760.3710.0360.2060.1039.87113.866
Denver1871.5130.5880.4220.4760.0270.2830.12313.00516.631
Baltimore1911.3300.4140.4290.4660.0160.2930.14111.37217.623
LA Chargers1821.4730.5440.4670.4230.0270.2800.11012.90114.786
N.Y. Giants1821.3850.5050.4290.4070.0330.2420.12111.48915.132
Cincinnati1841.4130.5160.3970.4570.0380.3100.17912.46715.223
Detroit1801.4170.5060.4440.4440.0220.2940.14411.98315.394
New England2011.6570.5270.5920.5020.0250.2990.13913.88618.343
Arizona1821.6810.6370.5440.4780.0160.3300.12114.64318.582
Kansas City1881.3830.5210.4150.4150.0320.2710.14412.17012.984
Dallas1841.3640.4620.4570.4130.0220.2660.07111.33213.288
San Francisco1881.2290.4150.3350.4410.0370.2500.13810.06913.021
Pittsburgh1881.4260.5480.4790.3720.0050.2230.11211.88817.367
Buffalo1791.2350.3850.4080.4130.0220.2400.11710.35215.134
Washington1791.2960.4470.3910.4130.0340.2400.11710.94413.374
Las Vegas1781.2700.4830.3480.3820.0560.2640.12410.98915.157
N.Y. Jets1831.2790.4320.4040.4150.0220.2240.09310.62313.956
New Orleans1901.1580.3210.4260.3950.0160.1840.0899.50511.995
Philadelphia1861.3490.5050.3820.4300.0110.2580.11811.81216.231
Chicago1801.3940.4890.3830.4890.0220.2830.16111.46115.156
Indianapolis1891.5930.6560.3860.5240.0260.3230.14313.42919.132
LA Rams1811.1820.3700.4140.3650.0330.2210.1229.90613.392
Miami1781.2980.5340.3260.4100.0220.2300.15211.31514.966
Tennessee1821.3130.4620.2970.5050.0330.3630.15911.00013.011
Carolina1841.2610.4130.3640.4570.0270.2450.10910.48413.217
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