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 (2376), Defensive Holding (1804), Roughing the Passer (941), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (558), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1611.3660.4840.3790.4780.0120.2730.11811.13715.907
Minnesota1661.3070.4340.3980.4460.0300.2710.15711.24115.024
Cleveland1601.4250.4560.4940.4380.0250.2940.16911.89416.300
Dallas1671.4730.4490.5090.4490.0420.2750.13812.12014.419
Carolina1671.1440.4010.3530.3650.0180.2400.1089.60513.168
Cincinnati1661.2590.3980.4100.4220.0120.2470.12010.67513.922
Arizona1651.3940.5150.4480.4000.0300.2550.17612.33914.661
Tennessee1621.1730.5060.3150.3210.0310.1910.09310.25913.173
San Francisco1681.2980.4050.4170.4580.0180.2980.14910.95213.190
LA Chargers1651.2970.3940.3390.5210.0360.3520.13310.90913.267
Baltimore1731.4340.4910.5030.3990.0350.2490.09212.33515.665
Pittsburgh1711.2980.4740.4680.3270.0290.1750.08211.21115.959
Washington1621.1730.4810.3640.3210.0060.1790.0869.87713.315
Atlanta1691.1540.3250.3670.4140.0240.2370.0959.61512.911
N.Y. Giants1651.1700.4300.3640.3270.0420.1940.1159.77014.291
Oakland1611.6960.6150.5090.5400.0310.3730.18014.87618.720
Indianapolis1721.1920.4130.3310.4190.0170.2210.0999.58712.279
Chicago1631.0860.2640.3740.4360.0060.2210.0868.19613.337
Denver1701.5820.5650.5000.4820.0240.3060.10613.72416.741
LA Rams1621.3640.4570.3950.4750.0310.2900.14811.56215.185
Green Bay1761.2160.4660.3690.3470.0280.1650.0749.61913.153
Philadelphia1681.4350.4640.4460.4940.0240.3040.17312.14915.357
Houston1681.5830.5000.5420.5060.0300.3210.15513.47619.131
Kansas City1671.3110.5330.3350.4190.0120.2400.12011.06613.401
Seattle1751.4400.4170.4740.5260.0230.3430.15412.07416.291
Detroit1631.5520.5890.4360.4970.0180.2820.12913.06116.656
New England1811.3040.4700.3920.4310.0060.2540.09911.00015.414
Tampa Bay1601.2380.4940.3380.3750.0310.2060.11310.93812.125
New Orleans1711.6370.5670.5090.5030.0580.2810.11113.86018.556
Buffalo1611.4100.5840.4100.4100.0060.2860.13712.39815.311
N.Y. Jets1661.5120.5060.4340.5120.0480.3130.15112.63316.337
Jacksonville1631.2450.5280.2700.4110.0310.2330.11010.45414.429
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