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 (2409), Defensive Holding (1844), Roughing the Passer (957), Illegal Contact (641), Face Mask (15 Yards) (620), Illegal Use of Hands (561), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1631.3990.5030.3930.4790.0120.2760.11711.37416.055
Minnesota1681.3210.4350.3930.4640.0300.2740.15511.28015.321
Cleveland1621.4570.4570.5000.4630.0250.3090.17912.19116.716
Dallas1691.4670.4440.5150.4440.0410.2720.13612.04114.426
Carolina1691.1360.4020.3490.3610.0180.2370.1079.55013.107
Cincinnati1681.2500.3930.4110.4170.0120.2440.11910.57713.780
Arizona1671.3830.5090.4490.3950.0300.2510.17412.21614.575
Tennessee1641.1830.5060.3170.3290.0300.2010.09810.31113.476
San Francisco1701.3000.4000.4240.4590.0180.3000.15311.00613.247
LA Chargers1671.2870.3950.3350.5150.0360.3470.13210.83813.198
Baltimore1751.4400.4970.5030.4000.0340.2510.09112.36015.743
Pittsburgh1731.2950.4680.4740.3240.0290.1730.08111.29516.046
Washington1641.1710.4820.3600.3230.0060.1770.0859.84813.207
Atlanta1711.1810.3450.3680.4210.0230.2400.0949.90613.158
N.Y. Giants1671.1740.4250.3770.3230.0420.1920.1149.86814.234
Oakland1631.7120.6260.5090.5460.0310.3740.18415.00018.896
Indianapolis1741.2010.4250.3280.4200.0170.2240.1039.69512.333
Chicago1651.0970.2670.3820.4360.0060.2180.0858.37013.582
Denver1721.5870.5700.5000.4830.0230.3020.10513.76716.698
LA Rams1661.3730.4700.4040.4640.0300.2830.14511.67515.235
Green Bay1781.2190.4720.3650.3480.0280.1630.0739.64613.096
Philadelphia1701.4240.4650.4410.4880.0240.3000.17112.06515.265
Houston1701.5710.4940.5350.5060.0290.3240.15313.37118.935
Kansas City1701.3180.5410.3350.4180.0120.2410.12411.19413.712
Seattle1771.4460.4240.4690.5310.0230.3390.15312.10716.339
Detroit1651.5580.5940.4420.4910.0180.2790.12713.13916.618
New England1851.3240.4650.4050.4430.0050.2650.10311.22715.546
Tampa Bay1621.2590.4940.3460.3830.0370.2100.11711.08012.395
New Orleans1741.6320.5630.5060.5060.0570.2820.10913.79918.425
Buffalo1631.4050.5830.4110.4050.0060.2820.13512.36815.245
N.Y. Jets1681.5360.5180.4290.5240.0540.3210.15512.79216.589
Jacksonville1651.2550.5210.2850.4120.0300.2360.11510.52714.473
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