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 (1890), Defensive Holding (1345), Roughing the Passer (727), Illegal Contact (560), Face Mask (15 Yards) (493), Illegal Use of Hands (436), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1301.2850.4690.3770.4080.0150.2310.10810.48515.054
Minnesota1341.2540.4330.3730.4180.0300.2390.13411.04515.090
Cleveland1301.4150.4920.4920.4000.0230.2850.16212.13116.815
Dallas1351.4890.4740.5190.4520.0300.2670.11112.02214.126
Carolina1361.1400.3380.3600.4120.0220.2650.1259.19912.890
Cincinnati1361.2060.3530.4040.4260.0070.2570.11810.35313.044
Arizona1351.3930.5110.4150.4300.0370.2670.19312.37015.126
Tennessee1301.1850.5380.2920.3230.0310.1690.09210.35413.569
San Francisco1391.1940.3740.3880.4100.0220.2370.1159.84911.755
LA Chargers1331.2780.3610.3760.5040.0380.3610.13510.92512.947
Baltimore1431.4270.5170.4900.3780.0420.2240.07712.09115.685
Pittsburgh1401.3140.5000.4790.3140.0210.1640.07911.37916.200
Washington1321.1290.4700.3710.2800.0080.1820.0919.70512.674
Atlanta1371.0880.3210.3140.3940.0290.1970.0668.69312.015
N.Y. Giants1351.0890.3780.3630.3040.0370.1850.1199.00712.756
Oakland1311.8170.6720.5110.5950.0380.3890.17615.78619.443
Indianapolis1401.1930.4360.3360.4070.0000.1930.0799.10712.521
Chicago1321.0150.2500.3710.3860.0080.2120.0837.73512.856
Denver1401.5710.5140.5000.5140.0290.3140.10013.59317.814
LA Rams1311.3440.4730.3280.5110.0310.3050.16011.63415.221
Green Bay1461.1920.4320.3770.3490.0270.1710.0829.47312.836
Philadelphia1331.4360.4890.4140.5110.0150.3380.19512.57915.632
Houston1371.5770.4740.5690.4890.0360.3140.14613.35019.453
Kansas City1351.1560.4960.2670.3780.0070.2220.11910.13311.659
Seattle1441.3190.3750.4030.5280.0140.3260.15310.97914.903
Detroit1331.5190.5410.4360.5110.0150.2860.11312.45116.218
New England1471.3130.4830.3810.4350.0070.2450.09511.02016.034
Tampa Bay1291.2560.4810.3490.3880.0390.2170.11610.96912.481
New Orleans1381.4640.4930.4350.4780.0580.2680.10912.47816.304
Buffalo1301.4460.6080.4230.4080.0080.2770.12312.80015.115
N.Y. Jets1361.3530.4630.3900.4340.0590.2870.13211.66215.309
Jacksonville1311.2980.5340.2900.4270.0380.2440.10710.87014.779
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