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 (2268), Defensive Holding (1695), Roughing the Passer (895), Illegal Contact (620), Face Mask (15 Yards) (588), Illegal Use of Hands (536), 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
Minnesota1601.2880.4310.4060.4250.0250.2440.14411.06314.781
Cleveland1541.4160.4610.4870.4350.0190.2860.16911.70116.286
Dallas1591.4530.4470.5090.4340.0440.2640.12611.89914.415
Carolina1611.1550.4040.3600.3660.0190.2420.1129.60213.025
Cincinnati1601.2880.4060.4130.4380.0130.2560.12510.91914.350
Arizona1591.3900.5220.4400.3960.0310.2450.17012.22014.572
Tennessee1561.1860.5190.3210.3210.0260.1920.09010.41013.404
San Francisco1621.2650.3830.3950.4690.0190.3020.14810.75312.759
LA Chargers1571.2990.4010.3500.5030.0380.3440.13410.98113.293
Baltimore1661.4220.4880.5000.3920.0360.2410.09012.09015.614
Pittsburgh1651.3210.4910.4790.3330.0180.1760.07911.44216.055
Washington1561.1790.4810.3780.3140.0060.1670.0909.94213.449
Atlanta1631.1170.3190.3560.3930.0250.2210.0869.20212.681
N.Y. Giants1591.1320.4150.3460.3210.0440.1950.1199.53514.082
Oakland1551.7030.6000.5160.5550.0320.3810.18114.83218.697
Indianapolis1641.2130.4210.3350.4270.0180.2320.1049.76212.652
Chicago1561.0960.2760.3720.4360.0060.2240.0908.37813.378
Denver1641.5430.5370.4940.4760.0240.2930.09813.30516.756
LA Rams1551.3420.4520.3870.4710.0260.2840.14811.37414.813
Green Bay1701.2180.4590.3650.3590.0290.1710.0769.62413.276
Philadelphia1601.4500.4810.4440.4940.0250.3130.17512.41315.638
Houston1611.5710.4780.5530.5030.0310.3170.14913.37318.925
Kansas City1601.2750.5250.3250.4060.0060.2380.11310.84412.994
Seattle1681.4230.4170.4580.5240.0240.3450.15511.85716.179
Detroit1571.5480.5800.4270.5100.0190.2870.12712.91116.420
New England1741.2930.4710.3740.4370.0060.2530.09810.86815.356
Tampa Bay1541.2470.5000.3380.3770.0320.2010.11010.98112.279
New Orleans1641.6100.5670.5060.4760.0610.2560.10413.57918.183
Buffalo1551.4060.5740.4060.4190.0060.2900.13512.36115.400
N.Y. Jets1601.4500.5000.4130.4810.0500.3060.13812.18815.713
Jacksonville1571.2420.5160.2740.4140.0320.2360.11510.40814.299
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