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 (1912), Defensive Holding (1360), Roughing the Passer (733), Illegal Contact (562), Face Mask (15 Yards) (495), Illegal Use of Hands (437), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1311.2820.4660.3820.4050.0150.2290.10710.41215.023
Minnesota1351.2520.4300.3700.4220.0300.2370.13310.99315.089
Cleveland1311.4200.4960.4960.3970.0230.2820.16012.19117.061
Dallas1361.5000.4850.5220.4490.0290.2650.11012.23514.346
Carolina1371.1310.3360.3580.4090.0220.2630.1249.13112.796
Cincinnati1371.2190.3580.4090.4310.0070.2550.11710.38013.248
Arizona1361.3900.5070.4190.4260.0370.2650.19112.31615.051
Tennessee1311.1760.5340.2900.3210.0310.1680.09210.27513.466
San Francisco1391.1940.3740.3880.4100.0220.2370.1159.84911.755
LA Chargers1341.2690.3580.3730.5000.0370.3580.13410.84312.851
Baltimore1431.4270.5170.4900.3780.0420.2240.07712.09115.685
Pittsburgh1411.3120.4960.4750.3190.0210.1700.07811.35516.191
Washington1331.1280.4740.3680.2780.0080.1800.0909.70712.639
Atlanta1381.0940.3190.3190.3990.0290.2030.0728.92012.094
N.Y. Giants1361.0960.3820.3680.3010.0370.1840.1189.07413.228
Oakland1321.8030.6670.5080.5910.0380.3860.17415.66719.295
Indianapolis1411.2130.4400.3400.4110.0070.1990.0859.25512.695
Chicago1331.0230.2560.3680.3910.0080.2110.0837.75912.835
Denver1411.5600.5110.4960.5110.0280.3120.09913.49617.688
LA Rams1311.3440.4730.3280.5110.0310.3050.16011.63415.221
Green Bay1471.1970.4290.3740.3610.0270.1700.0829.46912.871
Philadelphia1341.4400.4850.4180.5150.0150.3360.19412.59715.836
Houston1381.5870.4860.5720.4860.0360.3120.14513.47119.420
Kansas City1361.1840.5000.2870.3820.0070.2210.11810.31611.971
Seattle1451.3240.3790.4000.5310.0140.3310.15911.04114.945
Detroit1341.5220.5370.4400.5150.0150.2840.11212.38116.306
New England1481.3180.4800.3920.4320.0070.2430.09511.05416.189
Tampa Bay1301.2620.4850.3460.3920.0380.2150.11510.98512.438
New Orleans1391.4530.4890.4320.4750.0580.2660.10812.38816.187
Buffalo1311.4580.6110.4200.4200.0080.2900.13012.93915.145
N.Y. Jets1371.3580.4670.3870.4380.0580.2850.13111.66415.343
Jacksonville1311.2980.5340.2900.4270.0380.2440.10710.87014.779
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