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 (2012), Defensive Holding (1450), Roughing the Passer (787), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (522), Illegal Use of Hands (475), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (23), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1391.2810.4820.3740.3960.0140.2230.10810.43914.799
Minnesota1421.2540.4150.3800.4300.0280.2540.14110.93714.930
Cleveland1381.4200.4860.4780.4200.0220.2900.16712.02217.014
Dallas1431.5030.4760.5310.4410.0350.2590.11912.34314.573
Carolina1441.1250.3470.3610.3890.0210.2500.1189.15312.806
Cincinnati1441.2640.3820.4170.4380.0140.2640.12510.68113.660
Arizona1431.3710.4970.4200.4200.0350.2520.18212.05614.720
Tennessee1381.1960.5360.3120.3190.0290.1740.08710.44213.790
San Francisco1461.2190.3630.3970.4380.0210.2670.11610.15812.082
LA Chargers1411.2770.3900.3620.4890.0350.3480.12810.97213.021
Baltimore1501.3930.5070.4730.3730.0400.2270.08711.86715.320
Pittsburgh1481.2970.4860.4660.3240.0200.1760.07411.22315.784
Washington1401.1430.4860.3570.2930.0070.1710.0869.75712.693
Atlanta1441.1040.3260.3330.3890.0280.2010.0699.04912.306
N.Y. Giants1431.0980.3850.3570.3080.0420.1890.1199.23813.287
Oakland1391.7550.6400.5040.5760.0360.3810.17315.20918.935
Indianapolis1481.2230.4320.3450.4260.0070.2160.0959.47312.858
Chicago1401.0290.2710.3710.3790.0070.2000.0797.91412.971
Denver1481.5680.5270.4930.5070.0270.3110.09513.52017.466
LA Rams1381.3700.4570.3770.5000.0290.3040.15911.68815.138
Green Bay1541.1880.4220.3700.3640.0260.1690.0789.34412.851
Philadelphia1411.4540.4890.4400.5040.0140.3190.18412.58916.113
Houston1451.5860.4970.5590.4900.0340.3100.14513.57219.531
Kansas City1431.2100.5100.3010.3850.0070.2310.11210.51712.601
Seattle1511.3970.3840.4370.5630.0130.3640.16611.60915.444
Detroit1411.5180.5530.4330.5040.0140.2840.10612.46816.397
New England1551.3290.4900.3810.4450.0060.2580.09711.18116.103
Tampa Bay1381.2460.4710.3410.3990.0360.2170.11610.96412.196
New Orleans1461.4660.4930.4590.4590.0550.2600.10312.61616.219
Buffalo1381.4710.5940.4280.4420.0070.3120.14513.00015.232
N.Y. Jets1441.4510.4860.4240.4790.0560.3060.13912.25016.049
Jacksonville1381.2390.5070.2830.4060.0360.2320.10110.38414.188
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