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 (2212), Defensive Holding (1645), Roughing the Passer (875), Illegal Contact (612), Face Mask (15 Yards) (571), Illegal Use of Hands (522), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1511.3380.4770.3640.4700.0130.2650.11910.74215.285
Minnesota1561.2950.4360.4040.4290.0260.2500.14711.16714.968
Cleveland1501.4000.4530.4800.4330.0200.2800.16011.55316.333
Dallas1551.4840.4580.5230.4390.0450.2650.12912.16114.742
Carolina1561.1730.4040.3650.3780.0190.2500.1159.70512.917
Cincinnati1561.3080.4100.4170.4490.0130.2630.12811.00614.545
Arizona1551.4060.5290.4390.4060.0320.2520.17412.37414.781
Tennessee1521.2040.5200.3290.3290.0260.1970.09210.55313.493
San Francisco1571.2610.3820.4010.4590.0190.2870.13410.56112.592
LA Chargers1531.2940.3990.3530.5100.0330.3530.13711.03313.248
Baltimore1621.4260.5000.4880.3950.0370.2410.09312.20415.704
Pittsburgh1611.3040.4840.4780.3230.0190.1740.07511.36015.745
Washington1511.1520.4770.3640.3050.0070.1660.0869.76212.914
Atlanta1591.1380.3270.3650.3960.0250.2200.0889.37712.969
N.Y. Giants1551.1030.3870.3480.3160.0450.1870.1109.20013.555
Oakland1511.7150.6090.5100.5630.0330.3840.17914.91418.960
Indianapolis1601.2310.4250.3380.4380.0190.2380.1069.84412.906
Chicago1511.0460.2720.3580.4110.0070.2190.0868.04012.960
Denver1601.5380.5380.4880.4750.0250.2880.08813.13816.844
LA Rams1511.3440.4500.3840.4770.0260.2850.15211.38414.848
Green Bay1651.2060.4480.3640.3580.0300.1640.0799.48513.176
Philadelphia1561.4810.4940.4550.5000.0260.3210.17912.71216.026
Houston1571.5990.4900.5610.5100.0320.3180.14613.59219.344
Kansas City1561.2760.5380.3210.3970.0060.2310.11510.85313.122
Seattle1641.4390.4210.4570.5370.0240.3540.15912.01216.049
Detroit1521.5390.5720.4340.5000.0200.2830.11812.84216.638
New England1701.2880.4650.3710.4410.0060.2590.10010.81215.424
Tampa Bay1491.2620.4900.3490.3890.0340.2080.11411.08112.362
New Orleans1591.5910.5530.4970.4840.0570.2580.10113.48418.107
Buffalo1511.4170.5760.4110.4240.0070.2980.13912.50315.086
N.Y. Jets1561.4810.5060.4230.4940.0510.3140.14112.43616.096
Jacksonville1531.2420.5100.2680.4250.0330.2420.11810.49714.438
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