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 (1788), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (693), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (471), Illegal Use of Hands (418), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1241.2740.4520.3790.4190.0160.2420.11310.48415.089
Minnesota1281.2340.4450.3520.4060.0310.2340.14110.82814.438
Cleveland1241.4440.5160.4840.4110.0240.2900.16912.39516.927
Dallas1281.5080.4840.5310.4450.0310.2730.11712.28914.078
Carolina1301.1770.3460.3770.4230.0230.2690.1319.49213.408
Cincinnati1301.1620.3310.4000.4080.0080.2540.1159.88512.762
Arizona1291.3950.5120.4110.4340.0390.2640.19412.31815.000
Tennessee1241.2020.5400.3060.3230.0320.1610.08110.37913.750
San Francisco1321.1970.3710.3860.4170.0230.2420.1219.80311.788
San Diego1271.2520.3540.3700.4880.0390.3390.12610.67712.811
Baltimore1361.4040.5070.4710.3820.0440.2280.08111.91215.478
Pittsburgh1311.3210.5110.4890.2980.0230.1530.07611.45816.099
Washington1261.1430.4680.3730.2940.0080.1900.0959.77012.651
Atlanta1281.0780.3200.3280.3670.0310.1720.0478.49212.273
N.Y. Giants1281.0940.3830.3750.2890.0390.1720.1099.03112.680
Oakland1251.8400.6800.5200.6000.0400.4000.18416.02419.824
Indianapolis1341.1790.4180.3510.3960.0000.1870.0758.87312.649
Chicago1260.9440.2620.3570.3170.0080.1750.0637.32512.016
Denver1341.5750.5150.4930.5220.0300.3130.09713.60417.701
Los Angeles1241.3310.4440.3230.5400.0240.3230.16911.50015.185
Green Bay1371.2190.4530.3720.3580.0290.1750.0889.76613.248
Philadelphia1271.4570.4880.4250.5200.0160.3460.19712.75615.622
Houston1291.5660.4650.5660.4880.0390.3180.14713.17818.729
Kansas City1291.1400.4730.2560.3950.0080.2330.1249.92211.550
Seattle1361.3090.3530.3970.5440.0150.3310.14710.81615.154
Detroit1261.5400.5320.4440.5320.0160.2940.11912.59516.500
New England1381.3620.4860.4060.4570.0070.2610.10111.42016.804
Tampa Bay1241.2900.4920.3630.3950.0400.2180.12111.26612.742
New Orleans1321.4550.4620.4390.4920.0610.2730.11412.43216.205
Buffalo1241.4920.6210.4350.4270.0080.2900.12913.21815.653
N.Y. Jets1301.3540.4460.4080.4310.0620.2920.13811.74615.069
Jacksonville1241.2580.5160.2740.4190.0400.2340.10510.38714.629
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