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 (2264), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (585), Illegal Use of Hands (533), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1551.3350.4770.3610.4710.0130.2710.11610.73515.587
Minnesota1591.2890.4280.4090.4280.0250.2450.14511.06914.843
Cleveland1541.4160.4610.4870.4350.0190.2860.16911.70116.286
Dallas1581.4620.4490.5130.4370.0440.2660.12711.97514.506
Carolina1601.1630.4060.3630.3690.0190.2440.1139.66313.106
Cincinnati1591.2960.4090.4150.4400.0130.2580.12610.98714.440
Arizona1581.3990.5250.4430.3990.0320.2470.17112.29714.665
Tennessee1551.1870.5160.3230.3230.0260.1940.09010.41313.265
San Francisco1621.2650.3830.3950.4690.0190.3020.14810.75312.759
LA Chargers1561.2950.3970.3530.5000.0380.3460.13510.96213.250
Baltimore1651.4240.4910.4970.3940.0360.2420.09112.15215.703
Pittsburgh1641.3230.4940.4820.3290.0180.1770.07911.48816.122
Washington1551.1610.4770.3740.3030.0060.1680.0909.84513.348
Atlanta1621.1170.3210.3580.3890.0250.2160.0869.20412.728
N.Y. Giants1581.1330.4180.3480.3160.0440.1900.1149.53214.076
Oakland1541.7080.5970.5190.5580.0320.3830.18214.86418.786
Indianapolis1631.2210.4230.3370.4290.0180.2330.1049.82212.730
Chicago1551.0840.2770.3740.4260.0060.2190.0848.34813.297
Denver1631.5460.5340.4970.4790.0250.2940.09813.32516.828
LA Rams1551.3420.4520.3870.4710.0260.2840.14811.37414.813
Green Bay1701.2180.4590.3650.3590.0290.1710.0769.62413.276
Philadelphia1591.4530.4840.4470.4910.0250.3140.17612.47215.723
Houston1601.5690.4810.5500.5000.0310.3130.14413.33818.981
Kansas City1601.2750.5250.3250.4060.0060.2380.11310.84412.994
Seattle1681.4230.4170.4580.5240.0240.3450.15511.85716.179
Detroit1561.5580.5830.4290.5130.0190.2880.12812.99416.526
New England1741.2930.4710.3740.4370.0060.2530.09810.86815.356
Tampa Bay1531.2550.5030.3400.3790.0330.2030.11111.05212.359
New Orleans1631.6070.5580.5090.4790.0610.2580.10413.54018.166
Buffalo1551.4060.5740.4060.4190.0060.2900.13512.36115.400
N.Y. Jets1601.4500.5000.4130.4810.0500.3060.13812.18815.713
Jacksonville1561.2240.5060.2630.4170.0320.2370.11510.35914.192
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