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 (2782), Defensive Holding (2117), Roughing the Passer (1118), Illegal Contact (700), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (644), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (46), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1831.4260.4810.3990.5140.0160.3110.15311.69916.186
Minnesota1901.3110.4320.3950.4580.0260.2680.14711.22114.963
Cleveland1821.4510.4840.4840.4510.0220.2910.16512.21416.747
Dallas1891.4970.4440.5190.4710.0370.2860.14312.31215.106
Carolina1891.1900.3920.3810.3970.0160.2590.1169.89913.661
Cincinnati1881.2450.4040.3990.4150.0110.2500.11210.51613.606
Arizona1871.4440.5130.5030.4010.0270.2570.16612.69514.941
Tennessee1861.1940.4950.3390.3280.0320.2100.09110.22013.882
San Francisco1931.3320.4090.4090.4870.0260.3160.16611.34713.995
LA Chargers1861.2690.3870.3330.5050.0380.3230.11810.47312.935
Baltimore1961.4900.5000.5050.4290.0510.2810.12812.94916.209
Pittsburgh1921.3440.4640.4900.3590.0310.1980.10411.60416.286
Washington1841.1960.4780.3800.3320.0050.1740.0829.93513.038
Atlanta1911.1990.3870.3610.4080.0210.2410.09910.19913.298
N.Y. Giants1871.1930.4280.3640.3420.0480.2140.12310.00014.209
Las Vegas1821.7690.6760.5110.5490.0330.3740.18715.59319.571
Indianapolis1941.2010.4230.3300.4180.0210.2320.1089.68612.557
Chicago1851.1620.3080.4050.4320.0110.2110.0819.05413.941
Denver1911.5710.5550.5080.4760.0210.2980.09913.60716.581
LA Rams1861.3760.4680.4250.4460.0320.2690.13411.69914.968
Green Bay1991.2060.4770.3370.3520.0300.1710.0859.63813.095
Philadelphia1911.4400.4760.4450.4920.0210.3190.17312.30415.377
Houston1921.5630.4900.5260.5050.0360.3330.15613.29218.839
Kansas City1931.4040.5750.3630.4400.0160.2590.13511.94314.570
Seattle1981.4140.4340.4490.5100.0150.3230.14611.92916.076
Detroit1841.5760.5920.4400.5160.0160.2990.13613.22316.440
New England2051.3710.4780.4340.4440.0100.2680.11211.63415.956
Tampa Bay1821.3080.5050.3630.3960.0440.2250.12611.45113.560
New Orleans1941.7270.5930.5210.5360.0770.2890.11914.39219.655
Buffalo1841.4180.5920.4180.3910.0160.2660.13012.41315.288
N.Y. Jets1881.5960.5430.4260.5590.0530.3350.17013.38817.766
Jacksonville1851.3350.5570.3080.4320.0320.2540.11411.17815.432
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