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 (1954), Defensive Holding (1396), Roughing the Passer (753), Illegal Contact (566), Face Mask (15 Yards) (501), Illegal Use of Hands (455), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1341.2910.4780.3730.4100.0150.2310.11210.48514.970
Minnesota1381.2460.4200.3700.4280.0290.2460.14510.97114.862
Cleveland1341.4250.4930.4850.4100.0220.2840.16412.11916.970
Dallas1381.5000.4860.5220.4490.0290.2680.11612.32614.464
Carolina1401.1430.3500.3640.4000.0210.2570.1219.29313.100
Cincinnati1391.2370.3740.4100.4240.0140.2520.11510.46813.381
Arizona1391.3810.5040.4100.4320.0360.2590.18712.18014.928
Tennessee1341.1870.5450.2910.3210.0300.1720.09010.34313.806
San Francisco1421.2180.3730.3940.4300.0210.2540.11310.11312.028
LA Chargers1371.2700.3720.3650.4960.0360.3500.13110.93412.752
Baltimore1461.4250.5210.4860.3770.0410.2260.08212.12315.705
Pittsburgh1441.2920.4860.4650.3190.0210.1740.07611.17415.938
Washington1351.1330.4740.3630.2890.0070.1780.0899.69612.593
Atlanta1401.0930.3140.3210.4000.0290.2070.0718.92112.193
N.Y. Giants1391.0940.3810.3600.3020.0430.1870.1229.18713.353
Oakland1351.7700.6520.5040.5780.0370.3780.17015.34819.089
Indianapolis1441.2220.4380.3400.4240.0070.2150.0909.37512.861
Chicago1361.0220.2570.3680.3900.0070.2060.0817.75012.706
Denver1431.5380.5030.4900.5030.0280.3080.09813.30817.441
LA Rams1341.3430.4700.3280.5070.0300.3060.15711.54515.090
Green Bay1501.2000.4270.3670.3730.0270.1730.0809.44012.993
Philadelphia1371.4600.4890.4450.5040.0150.3280.19012.71516.299
Houston1411.5820.5040.5600.4750.0350.3050.14213.45419.298
Kansas City1391.1800.5040.2880.3740.0070.2160.11510.27312.007
Seattle1471.3330.3810.4010.5370.0140.3400.16311.15014.878
Detroit1371.5040.5330.4310.5110.0150.2850.10912.24816.197
New England1511.3440.4900.3910.4500.0070.2580.09911.30516.265
Tampa Bay1331.2780.4810.3530.4060.0380.2180.11311.17312.406
New Orleans1411.4540.4890.4400.4680.0570.2620.10612.46116.305
Buffalo1331.4740.6090.4290.4290.0080.3010.14313.12815.271
N.Y. Jets1401.3930.4710.4070.4500.0570.2860.12911.85715.614
Jacksonville1341.2690.5220.2840.4180.0370.2390.10410.62714.448
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