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 (2794), Defensive Holding (2130), Roughing the Passer (1125), Illegal Contact (701), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (645), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (49), 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
Cleveland1831.4540.4860.4860.4480.0220.2900.16412.25116.792
Dallas1901.5000.4470.5160.4740.0370.2840.14212.32615.153
Carolina1901.1890.3890.3790.4000.0160.2580.1169.87413.616
Cincinnati1891.2380.4020.3970.4130.0110.2490.11110.46013.534
Arizona1881.4410.5110.5050.3990.0270.2550.16512.66014.888
Tennessee1871.1930.4920.3370.3320.0320.2090.09110.18713.920
San Francisco1941.3350.4120.4120.4850.0260.3140.16511.40714.077
LA Chargers1871.2670.3850.3370.5030.0370.3210.11810.49712.947
Baltimore1961.4900.5000.5050.4290.0510.2810.12812.94916.209
Pittsburgh1931.3420.4610.4870.3580.0360.1970.10411.54916.202
Washington1851.1890.4760.3780.3300.0050.1730.0819.88112.968
Atlanta1921.2030.3850.3590.4170.0210.2450.09910.19813.313
N.Y. Giants1881.2020.4310.3670.3460.0480.2130.12210.08014.218
Las Vegas1831.7700.6720.5140.5520.0330.3720.18615.57919.546
Indianapolis1941.2010.4230.3300.4180.0210.2320.1089.68612.557
Chicago1851.1620.3080.4050.4320.0110.2110.0819.05413.941
Denver1921.5630.5520.5050.4740.0210.2970.09913.53616.495
LA Rams1861.3760.4680.4250.4460.0320.2690.13411.69914.968
Green Bay2001.2000.4750.3350.3500.0300.1700.0859.59013.030
Philadelphia1921.4480.4740.4480.5000.0210.3180.17212.28615.448
Houston1931.5650.4870.5280.5080.0360.3320.15513.25918.845
Kansas City1941.3970.5720.3610.4380.0150.2580.13411.88114.495
Seattle1991.4120.4320.4520.5080.0150.3220.14611.92516.035
Detroit1851.5780.5950.4380.5190.0160.3030.13513.25416.459
New England2061.3640.4760.4320.4420.0100.2670.11211.57815.879
Tampa Bay1831.3110.5030.3660.3990.0440.2240.12611.45913.541
New Orleans1951.7280.6000.5180.5330.0770.2870.11814.42119.605
Buffalo1851.4220.5950.4220.3890.0160.2650.13012.44915.357
N.Y. Jets1891.5930.5450.4230.5560.0530.3330.16913.37017.751
Jacksonville1861.3490.5590.3170.4350.0320.2580.11311.30115.565
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