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 (2326), Defensive Holding (1755), Roughing the Passer (919), Illegal Contact (627), Face Mask (15 Yards) (604), Illegal Use of Hands (553), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1581.3670.4940.3730.4750.0130.2720.12011.11415.987
Minnesota1631.2940.4420.3990.4230.0310.2450.14111.09815.043
Cleveland1571.4270.4650.4840.4390.0250.2930.17211.91116.261
Dallas1621.4690.4510.5190.4380.0430.2650.13012.09914.580
Carolina1641.1590.4090.3540.3720.0180.2440.1109.67113.299
Cincinnati1631.2760.3990.4170.4290.0120.2520.12310.81014.147
Arizona1621.3950.5190.4440.4010.0310.2530.17912.34614.685
Tennessee1591.1760.5160.3140.3210.0250.1890.08810.28313.277
San Francisco1651.2910.3940.4120.4670.0180.3030.15210.87313.182
LA Chargers1611.3110.3980.3480.5220.0370.3540.13711.06813.460
Baltimore1691.4380.5030.5090.3850.0360.2370.08912.34915.811
Pittsburgh1681.2980.4820.4700.3270.0180.1730.07711.23815.768
Washington1591.1890.4910.3710.3210.0060.1760.08810.01913.535
Atlanta1661.1450.3250.3670.4040.0240.2290.0909.46412.898
N.Y. Giants1621.1540.4140.3700.3210.0430.1980.1179.67914.284
Oakland1581.7030.6200.5060.5440.0320.3730.17714.86718.759
Indianapolis1671.2220.4250.3350.4310.0180.2280.1029.85612.617
Chicago1591.0880.2700.3770.4280.0060.2200.0888.29613.208
Denver1671.5690.5570.5030.4730.0240.2930.09613.54516.766
LA Rams1581.3610.4620.3860.4810.0250.2910.15211.53815.146
Green Bay1731.2140.4570.3700.3530.0290.1680.0759.58413.133
Philadelphia1631.4540.4790.4420.5030.0250.3130.17812.37415.644
Houston1641.5730.4940.5490.4940.0300.3110.14613.43319.159
Kansas City1641.3050.5300.3350.4150.0120.2440.12211.05513.280
Seattle1711.4330.4090.4740.5260.0230.3450.15811.88916.281
Detroit1601.5690.5940.4380.5060.0190.2880.13113.18816.556
New England1771.2940.4690.3790.4350.0060.2540.09610.87015.266
Tampa Bay1571.2420.4900.3380.3820.0320.2100.11510.95512.134
New Orleans1671.6170.5630.5150.4790.0600.2630.10213.67118.138
Buffalo1581.4300.5950.4110.4180.0060.2910.13912.57015.544
N.Y. Jets1631.4850.5030.4360.4910.0490.3070.14112.47916.067
Jacksonville1601.2500.5250.2750.4130.0310.2380.11310.50014.406
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