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 (1850), Defensive Holding (1309), Roughing the Passer (717), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (489), Illegal Use of Hands (428), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1291.2790.4570.3800.4110.0160.2330.10910.45715.109
Minnesota1321.2350.4390.3560.4090.0300.2350.13610.81814.515
Cleveland1281.4220.5000.4840.4060.0230.2890.16412.18816.719
Dallas1331.4890.4740.5190.4510.0300.2710.11312.05314.045
Carolina1341.1490.3430.3660.4100.0220.2610.1279.28413.045
Cincinnati1341.1870.3510.4030.4100.0070.2540.11910.20912.963
Arizona1331.4060.5110.4210.4360.0380.2710.19512.48115.316
Tennessee1281.1950.5470.2970.3200.0310.1640.08610.39813.594
San Francisco1361.1760.3680.3820.4040.0220.2350.1189.66211.596
San Diego1311.2900.3590.3820.5110.0380.3660.13711.01513.031
Baltimore1401.4070.5070.4860.3710.0430.2210.07911.92915.529
Pittsburgh1371.3210.4960.4890.3140.0220.1680.08011.46016.241
Washington1301.1380.4770.3690.2850.0080.1850.0929.77712.831
Atlanta1331.0530.3230.3160.3530.0300.1650.0458.32311.865
N.Y. Giants1331.0980.3830.3610.3080.0380.1880.1209.11312.789
Oakland1291.8450.6820.5190.6050.0390.3950.17816.03119.744
Indianapolis1381.1960.4350.3410.4060.0000.1880.0729.02212.558
Chicago1300.9920.2540.3770.3540.0080.1920.0857.64612.808
Denver1381.5650.5140.4930.5140.0290.3120.10113.51417.514
Los Angeles1281.3440.4610.3280.5230.0310.3130.16411.59415.133
Green Bay1431.2030.4410.3780.3500.0280.1750.0849.62912.944
Philadelphia1311.4500.4960.4200.5110.0150.3360.19112.68715.832
Houston1351.5700.4740.5630.4890.0370.3190.14813.33319.378
Kansas City1331.1280.4810.2480.3830.0080.2260.1209.81211.414
Seattle1421.3100.3590.4080.5280.0140.3240.14810.83814.901
Detroit1311.5270.5340.4430.5190.0150.2900.11512.48916.344
New England1431.3290.4830.3920.4410.0070.2520.09811.16116.287
Tampa Bay1281.2660.4840.3520.3910.0390.2190.11711.05512.578
New Orleans1361.4710.4930.4410.4780.0590.2650.11012.52216.471
Buffalo1281.4530.6020.4300.4140.0080.2810.12512.87515.273
N.Y. Jets1341.3510.4550.3960.4330.0600.2910.13411.68715.209
Jacksonville1281.2730.5310.2810.4140.0390.2340.10210.51614.586
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