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 (2474), Defensive Holding (1930), Roughing the Passer (1013), Illegal Contact (651), Face Mask (15 Yards) (643), Illegal Use of Hands (590), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (28), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1761.5450.5280.4890.4830.0400.2900.19313.10215.847
Cleveland1661.2830.4340.4220.3860.0360.2410.08410.64513.072
Minnesota1731.3640.3990.4160.5030.0290.2830.11010.41615.988
Tampa Bay1661.3550.5060.4160.4100.0180.2830.16912.23515.343
Green Bay1831.6280.4860.5250.5850.0220.3110.16413.49719.492
Jacksonville1701.3590.5410.3880.4060.0240.2590.12412.01815.294
Houston1751.3310.4510.4230.4290.0230.2570.09711.16013.891
Seattle1821.1980.3900.3850.3790.0380.2030.0999.91214.077
Denver1771.4800.5710.4240.4630.0230.2770.11312.81916.333
Baltimore1801.3440.4170.4220.4830.0170.3060.15011.53317.706
LA Chargers1721.4590.5290.4650.4300.0230.2790.10512.68014.517
N.Y. Giants1721.3780.5120.4300.3900.0350.2210.10511.39515.198
Cincinnati1731.3820.4910.3820.4680.0350.3180.18512.26015.069
Detroit1691.3670.4560.4320.4560.0240.3020.14811.43815.041
New England1901.6580.5320.5950.4950.0260.2890.13213.85818.532
Arizona1721.6800.6450.5470.4710.0120.3200.11614.60518.145
Kansas City1751.3370.5030.4060.4000.0290.2510.13111.76012.360
Dallas1741.3680.4600.4600.4140.0230.2700.07511.43113.391
San Francisco1741.2240.4140.3510.4250.0340.2360.13810.08012.787
Pittsburgh1771.4070.5480.4800.3500.0060.2090.10711.67816.780
Buffalo1671.2340.3950.4070.4070.0180.2400.12010.28114.766
Washington1691.3080.4500.4080.4140.0300.2370.11811.16013.497
Oakland1671.2690.4910.3350.3830.0600.2570.12611.00615.299
N.Y. Jets1721.2730.4300.4070.4130.0170.2210.08110.45313.802
New Orleans1791.1560.3240.4190.3970.0170.1900.0899.55311.872
Philadelphia1751.3140.4970.3600.4340.0060.2570.12011.50315.617
Chicago1691.3910.4910.3910.4730.0240.2840.16011.53315.355
Indianapolis1781.5960.6630.3880.5280.0170.3260.14613.61218.994
LA Rams1711.1870.3800.4150.3570.0350.2110.1179.92413.754
Miami1671.2400.4970.3350.3830.0180.2100.13210.77814.102
Tennessee1691.3140.4380.2960.5270.0360.3790.16010.81712.828
Carolina1731.2950.4220.3760.4680.0290.2540.11610.80913.283
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