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 (2527), Defensive Holding (1968), Roughing the Passer (1029), Illegal Contact (653), Face Mask (15 Yards) (649), Illegal Use of Hands (606), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (31), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1701.3820.4940.3880.4760.0120.2710.11811.26515.894
Minnesota1761.3300.4320.4030.4660.0280.2670.14811.35215.472
Cleveland1691.4670.4730.5090.4500.0240.2960.17212.37316.793
Dallas1761.4890.4550.5230.4490.0400.2730.14212.25014.926
Carolina1761.1820.4090.3580.3920.0170.2560.1149.97213.653
Cincinnati1751.2340.3940.4000.4110.0110.2460.11410.44613.560
Arizona1751.3830.5090.4510.3940.0290.2510.16612.21114.400
Tennessee1721.1920.5120.3140.3370.0290.2150.09310.29113.860
San Francisco1771.2660.4010.4070.4410.0170.2880.14710.82513.073
LA Chargers1751.2970.3940.3310.5310.0340.3370.12610.70313.177
Baltimore1821.4730.4950.5270.4120.0330.2690.11012.80816.044
Pittsburgh1801.3280.4830.4720.3390.0330.1890.10011.64416.272
Washington1711.2110.4850.3860.3330.0060.1810.0829.98813.339
Atlanta1781.1970.3600.3710.4210.0220.2470.09610.05113.084
N.Y. Giants1751.1830.4230.3770.3310.0460.2000.1149.92614.429
Oakland1701.7760.6650.5180.5590.0350.3820.19415.63519.753
Indianapolis1811.2210.4420.3260.4250.0170.2320.1109.91712.619
Chicago1721.1220.2790.3900.4360.0120.2150.0818.52313.477
Denver1791.6200.5700.5200.4970.0220.3130.10114.03916.961
LA Rams1731.3990.4860.4280.4510.0290.2720.13911.94815.306
Green Bay1861.1940.4730.3490.3390.0270.1610.0709.48912.828
Philadelphia1771.4410.4630.4460.5030.0230.3220.16912.24915.311
Houston1771.5820.4970.5370.5140.0280.3390.15813.52019.119
Kansas City1781.3650.5840.3310.4270.0110.2470.12411.62413.972
Seattle1851.4430.4270.4540.5350.0220.3350.15112.00016.173
Detroit1721.5870.5990.4300.5290.0170.3020.14513.37216.750
New England1921.3330.4640.4170.4430.0050.2660.10411.25015.583
Tampa Bay1691.3020.5150.3670.3790.0410.2070.11811.42613.083
New Orleans1811.6350.5580.4970.5190.0610.2820.11013.72418.039
Buffalo1701.4060.5760.4120.4060.0120.2820.13512.34115.153
N.Y. Jets1751.5770.5430.4230.5490.0510.3370.17113.30917.046
Jacksonville1721.2850.5410.2910.4190.0290.2440.11610.89014.843
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