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 (2179), Defensive Holding (1606), Roughing the Passer (853), Illegal Contact (603), Face Mask (15 Yards) (557), Illegal Use of Hands (511), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1481.3180.4730.3720.4460.0140.2500.12210.64215.095
Minnesota1531.2940.4250.4120.4310.0260.2550.15011.20915.092
Cleveland1471.4010.4630.4690.4350.0200.2860.16311.68016.524
Dallas1521.5000.4610.5330.4410.0460.2630.13212.28914.822
Carolina1541.1820.4090.3640.3830.0190.2530.1179.77912.987
Cincinnati1531.2940.3990.4180.4510.0130.2610.12410.86914.627
Arizona1521.4080.5390.4280.4080.0330.2500.17112.44114.914
Tennessee1491.2080.5300.3220.3290.0270.1950.09410.58413.611
San Francisco1551.2650.3870.4000.4580.0190.2840.13510.61912.632
LA Chargers1501.2800.3870.3600.5000.0330.3470.13310.92713.107
Baltimore1591.4400.5030.4910.4030.0380.2450.09412.30815.874
Pittsburgh1571.2930.4650.4840.3250.0190.1720.07011.19715.675
Washington1491.1540.4830.3690.2950.0070.1680.0879.83913.040
Atlanta1561.1280.3270.3590.3910.0260.2120.0839.19912.776
N.Y. Giants1521.0920.3820.3550.3090.0390.1780.1129.13813.434
Oakland1481.7230.6150.5000.5740.0340.3920.18215.04718.980
Indianapolis1571.2360.4200.3380.4460.0190.2420.1089.75812.930
Chicago1491.0470.2680.3620.4090.0070.2150.0818.01312.940
Denver1571.5540.5350.4970.4840.0250.2930.08913.31217.064
LA Rams1481.3310.4390.3780.4800.0270.2840.14911.28414.777
Green Bay1631.2020.4360.3680.3620.0310.1660.0809.41713.110
Philadelphia1531.4770.4900.4580.5030.0200.3200.17612.66716.039
Houston1541.6170.4940.5710.5130.0320.3180.14313.72119.656
Kansas City1531.2750.5360.3200.3990.0070.2290.11110.81712.948
Seattle1611.4160.4040.4470.5470.0190.3600.16111.75815.932
Detroit1501.5330.5670.4330.5000.0200.2870.12012.80016.620
New England1671.2930.4610.3770.4430.0060.2570.09610.82615.569
Tampa Bay1461.2400.4860.3290.3900.0340.2050.11010.89012.103
New Orleans1571.6050.5540.5030.4900.0570.2610.10213.59218.242
Buffalo1481.4120.5740.4050.4260.0070.2970.13512.47314.980
N.Y. Jets1531.4770.4840.4310.5030.0520.3200.14412.37916.176
Jacksonville1501.2400.5000.2670.4330.0330.2470.12010.42714.460
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