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 (2866), Defensive Holding (2165), Roughing the Passer (1155), Illegal Contact (711), Face Mask (15 Yards) (705), Illegal Use of Hands (652), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (59), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (3), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1871.4220.4870.3960.5080.0160.3100.15011.72216.225
Minnesota1941.3040.4430.3870.4480.0260.2630.14411.18014.825
Cleveland1861.4460.4840.4890.4410.0220.2850.16112.15616.860
Dallas1931.5130.4560.5130.4770.0360.2900.14512.44015.347
Carolina1941.2160.4070.3760.4120.0150.2580.11310.02613.603
Cincinnati1921.2400.4110.3960.4060.0100.2450.10910.50013.667
Arizona1911.4450.5130.5130.3930.0260.2510.16212.77515.188
Tennessee1911.2150.5080.3350.3350.0370.2090.08910.35114.178
San Francisco1971.3450.4160.4160.4870.0250.3150.16811.49214.061
LA Chargers1911.2770.3770.3300.5240.0420.3250.11510.45013.058
Baltimore2001.5050.5100.5000.4400.0500.2900.13013.05516.680
Pittsburgh1971.3200.4520.4820.3500.0360.1930.10211.32515.909
Washington1881.1860.4730.3830.3240.0050.1700.0809.88313.000
Atlanta1951.2150.3900.3640.4210.0210.2410.09710.22113.503
N.Y. Giants1911.2150.4400.3660.3510.0470.2150.12010.15214.424
Las Vegas1871.7650.6740.5030.5560.0320.3800.19315.58819.396
Indianapolis1981.2070.4240.3380.4140.0200.2270.1069.70212.773
Chicago1891.1590.3070.4130.4230.0110.2060.0799.04813.884
Denver1961.5660.5460.5100.4800.0200.2960.09713.48016.587
LA Rams1901.3680.4630.4160.4530.0320.2790.13711.63215.179
Green Bay2041.2060.4710.3430.3530.0290.1760.0839.60313.044
Philadelphia1951.4460.4770.4510.4920.0210.3130.16912.29215.369
Houston1961.5560.4800.5260.5100.0360.3320.15313.17318.694
Kansas City1971.4160.5690.3650.4520.0150.2590.13711.90414.721
Seattle2031.4090.4380.4430.5070.0150.3200.14311.85215.862
Detroit1891.5770.5870.4340.5240.0210.3120.14313.25916.529
New England2101.3620.4860.4290.4330.0100.2620.11011.59515.890
Tampa Bay1871.2890.4920.3640.3900.0430.2190.12311.23513.332
New Orleans1991.7440.6130.5230.5330.0750.2910.12114.56819.698
Buffalo1881.4200.5900.4200.3940.0160.2660.13312.44715.399
N.Y. Jets1921.6040.5520.4220.5630.0520.3390.17213.49517.990
Jacksonville1891.3650.5660.3170.4440.0320.2700.11611.46616.238
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