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 (2130), Defensive Holding (1561), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (548), Illegal Use of Hands (502), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1451.3310.4830.3790.4410.0140.2480.12410.80015.283
Minnesota1501.2670.4200.3930.4270.0270.2530.14711.00714.913
Cleveland1441.4030.4720.4650.4310.0210.2850.16711.77116.597
Dallas1491.5170.4700.5440.4360.0470.2620.12812.43614.919
Carolina1511.1660.3970.3580.3840.0200.2520.1199.65613.007
Cincinnati1501.2800.3870.4200.4470.0130.2600.12710.76014.333
Arizona1491.3830.5300.4090.4090.0340.2480.17412.25514.893
Tennessee1461.2120.5340.3220.3290.0270.1920.09610.56213.712
San Francisco1521.2430.3680.4010.4540.0200.2760.12510.32212.336
LA Chargers1471.2860.3810.3670.5030.0340.3470.12910.95913.299
Baltimore1561.4230.5000.4870.3910.0380.2370.09012.09615.679
Pittsburgh1551.2840.4650.4770.3230.0190.1680.07111.04515.665
Washington1461.1510.4860.3560.3010.0070.1710.0899.82212.781
Atlanta1531.1110.3200.3460.3920.0260.2090.0859.05212.608
N.Y. Giants1491.1010.3890.3560.3090.0400.1810.1149.22813.617
Oakland1451.7450.6210.5030.5860.0340.4000.18615.22118.772
Indianapolis1541.2210.4220.3310.4420.0130.2340.1049.50012.701
Chicago1461.0550.2670.3700.4110.0070.2120.0828.06213.137
Denver1541.5580.5320.5000.4870.0260.2990.09113.36417.266
LA Rams1451.3450.4410.3790.4900.0280.2900.15211.35914.945
Green Bay1601.1750.4310.3560.3560.0250.1690.0759.23812.706
Philadelphia1501.4800.4930.4530.5130.0130.3270.17312.70715.887
Houston1511.6290.4970.5760.5170.0330.3250.14613.86819.854
Kansas City1501.2330.5130.3000.4000.0070.2270.10710.58012.780
Seattle1581.4050.3920.4560.5440.0130.3540.15811.71515.930
Detroit1471.5240.5510.4350.5030.0200.2930.12212.65316.585
New England1641.2990.4630.3780.4450.0060.2620.09810.88415.787
Tampa Bay1441.2360.4720.3330.3960.0350.2080.11110.83312.069
New Orleans1541.5710.5450.4870.4810.0580.2600.10413.37017.695
Buffalo1451.4280.5790.4140.4280.0070.2970.13812.61415.069
N.Y. Jets1501.4730.4730.4400.5000.0530.3200.14712.36716.220
Jacksonville1471.2310.4970.2650.4290.0340.2450.11610.31314.197
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