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 (1963), Defensive Holding (1410), Roughing the Passer (759), Illegal Contact (570), Face Mask (15 Yards) (508), Illegal Use of Hands (461), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1351.2960.4890.3700.4070.0150.2300.11110.55614.978
Minnesota1391.2450.4170.3670.4320.0290.2520.14410.95014.856
Cleveland1351.4150.4890.4810.4070.0220.2810.16312.03016.844
Dallas1391.5040.4890.5250.4460.0290.2660.11512.39614.432
Carolina1411.1350.3480.3620.3970.0210.2550.1219.22713.007
Cincinnati1401.2360.3790.4070.4210.0140.2500.11410.42913.529
Arizona1401.3790.5070.4070.4290.0360.2570.18612.16414.857
Tennessee1351.1930.5410.2960.3260.0300.1780.08910.40013.778
San Francisco1431.2170.3710.3920.4340.0210.2590.11210.09112.063
LA Chargers1381.2680.3700.3620.5000.0360.3550.13010.89912.768
Baltimore1471.4220.5170.4830.3810.0410.2310.08812.10915.633
Pittsburgh1451.2900.4830.4690.3170.0210.1720.07611.16615.862
Washington1351.1330.4740.3630.2890.0070.1780.0899.69612.593
Atlanta1411.1060.3190.3330.3970.0280.2060.0719.04312.284
N.Y. Giants1401.1070.3860.3640.3070.0430.1860.1219.30013.357
Oakland1361.7650.6470.5000.5810.0370.3820.17615.30919.059
Indianapolis1451.2280.4340.3450.4280.0070.2140.0909.36612.910
Chicago1371.0220.2550.3720.3870.0070.2040.0807.82512.723
Denver1441.5560.5070.5000.5070.0280.3130.09713.46517.549
LA Rams1351.3410.4670.3330.5040.0300.3040.15611.47415.015
Green Bay1511.1920.4240.3640.3710.0260.1720.0799.37712.907
Philadelphia1371.4600.4890.4450.5040.0150.3280.19012.71516.299
Houston1411.5820.5040.5600.4750.0350.3050.14213.45419.298
Kansas City1401.2070.5210.2930.3790.0070.2210.11410.50712.457
Seattle1481.3580.3850.4120.5470.0140.3450.16911.36515.027
Detroit1371.5040.5330.4310.5110.0150.2850.10912.24816.197
New England1521.3360.4870.3880.4470.0070.2570.09911.23016.158
Tampa Bay1341.2690.4780.3510.4030.0370.2160.11211.09012.313
New Orleans1421.4580.4930.4440.4650.0560.2610.10612.51416.401
Buffalo1341.4630.6040.4250.4250.0070.2990.14213.03015.157
N.Y. Jets1411.4260.4890.4110.4610.0570.2980.12812.17016.007
Jacksonville1351.2590.5190.2810.4150.0370.2370.10410.54814.341
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