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 (2710), Defensive Holding (2083), Roughing the Passer (1092), Illegal Contact (683), Face Mask (15 Yards) (674), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1871.5610.5290.4760.5130.0370.3050.19313.32616.086
Cleveland1781.3260.4380.4210.4160.0450.2640.09010.86513.360
Minnesota1861.3920.4190.4190.5050.0270.2900.11810.67716.108
Tampa Bay1781.3880.5170.4270.4160.0220.2810.17412.43316.275
Green Bay1961.6170.4690.5200.5870.0310.3210.16313.32119.031
Jacksonville1811.3760.5520.3870.3980.0390.2490.11612.01715.398
Houston1881.3400.4570.4260.4310.0210.2660.09611.28713.793
Seattle1951.1790.3900.3740.3740.0360.2100.1089.91813.821
Denver1881.5320.5850.4310.4890.0270.2870.12813.08016.809
Baltimore1921.3230.4110.4270.4640.0160.2920.14111.31317.531
LA Chargers1831.4700.5410.4640.4260.0270.2840.10912.87414.787
N.Y. Giants1831.3880.5030.4320.4100.0330.2460.12011.52515.120
Cincinnati1841.4130.5160.3970.4570.0380.3100.17912.46715.223
Detroit1811.4090.5030.4420.4420.0220.2930.14411.91715.309
New England2021.6530.5300.5890.5000.0250.2970.13913.86618.277
Arizona1831.6780.6390.5410.4750.0160.3280.12014.62318.508
Kansas City1891.3760.5190.4130.4130.0320.2700.14312.10612.915
Dallas1851.3780.4700.4650.4110.0220.2650.07011.40513.330
San Francisco1891.2330.4130.3390.4440.0370.2540.13810.08513.111
Pittsburgh1891.4180.5450.4760.3700.0050.2220.11111.82517.275
Buffalo1801.2330.3830.4060.4170.0220.2440.12210.35015.078
Washington1801.3000.4500.3890.4170.0330.2390.11710.95013.406
Las Vegas1791.2850.4800.3580.3910.0560.2680.12311.07815.458
N.Y. Jets1841.2830.4290.4080.4180.0220.2280.09810.68514.065
New Orleans1911.1570.3250.4240.3930.0160.1830.0899.50811.958
Philadelphia1871.3420.5030.3800.4280.0110.2570.11811.74916.144
Chicago1811.3870.4860.3810.4860.0220.2820.16011.39815.072
Indianapolis1901.6000.6580.3840.5320.0260.3320.14713.50019.111
LA Rams1821.1760.3680.4120.3630.0330.2200.1219.85213.319
Miami1791.2960.5360.3240.4080.0220.2290.15111.30714.911
Tennessee1831.3280.4640.3010.5140.0330.3610.15811.04913.158
Carolina1851.2590.4110.3620.4590.0270.2430.10810.43813.184
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