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 (2068), Defensive Holding (1497), Roughing the Passer (809), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (534), Illegal Use of Hands (491), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1421.2960.4790.3800.4080.0140.2250.11310.52115.028
Minnesota1451.2830.4280.3860.4410.0280.2620.15211.17215.200
Cleveland1411.4110.4750.4680.4330.0210.2910.17011.87916.752
Dallas1461.5070.4660.5340.4450.0410.2670.12312.30814.541
Carolina1471.1430.3670.3610.3880.0200.2520.1229.34012.952
Cincinnati1471.2790.3880.4220.4420.0140.2650.12910.82314.156
Arizona1461.3840.5140.4180.4180.0340.2530.17812.19914.918
Tennessee1411.2200.5460.3120.3330.0280.1910.09210.68113.837
San Francisco1491.2150.3620.3890.4430.0200.2680.11410.08112.040
LA Chargers1441.2920.3820.3750.5000.0350.3470.13211.04213.396
Baltimore1531.4180.5030.4900.3790.0390.2350.09212.07815.634
Pittsburgh1511.2910.4770.4700.3250.0200.1720.07311.18515.841
Washington1431.1400.4760.3640.2940.0070.1750.0919.74112.650
Atlanta1481.1080.3240.3380.3920.0270.2090.0819.09512.385
N.Y. Giants1461.0960.3900.3490.3080.0410.1850.1169.20513.404
Oakland1421.7390.6340.5000.5700.0350.3800.17615.14818.796
Indianapolis1511.2050.4240.3380.4240.0070.2190.0999.35812.636
Chicago1431.0280.2660.3710.3850.0070.2030.0847.93012.804
Denver1511.5700.5300.5030.4970.0260.3050.09313.47717.444
LA Rams1411.3690.4540.3830.4960.0280.2980.15611.63115.262
Green Bay1571.1720.4200.3630.3570.0250.1660.0769.18512.618
Philadelphia1441.4720.4860.4580.5070.0140.3130.18112.59716.139
Houston1481.6080.4860.5810.5000.0340.3110.14213.68219.723
Kansas City1461.2400.5210.3010.3970.0070.2260.11010.64412.884
Seattle1551.3940.3870.4450.5480.0130.3550.16111.60615.406
Detroit1441.5070.5420.4310.5070.0140.2920.11112.41016.403
New England1581.3290.4810.3860.4490.0060.2590.10111.15216.228
Tampa Bay1411.2410.4680.3400.3970.0350.2130.11310.89412.177
New Orleans1491.5440.5300.4700.4830.0600.2620.10713.18117.128
Buffalo1411.4470.5820.4260.4330.0070.3050.14212.80114.943
N.Y. Jets1471.4490.4760.4290.4830.0540.3130.14312.25215.986
Jacksonville1411.2480.5040.2770.4260.0350.2480.12110.53214.206
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