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 (2474), Defensive Holding (1930), Roughing the Passer (1013), Illegal Contact (651), Face Mask (15 Yards) (643), Illegal Use of Hands (590), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (28), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1671.3830.4910.3950.4730.0120.2690.11411.19215.880
Minnesota1731.3410.4390.4100.4620.0290.2720.15011.49715.601
Cleveland1661.4520.4640.5000.4520.0240.3010.17512.21116.584
Dallas1741.4890.4480.5230.4540.0400.2760.14412.19514.931
Carolina1731.1620.3990.3580.3820.0170.2430.1109.77513.353
Cincinnati1731.2490.3990.4050.4160.0120.2490.11610.56613.717
Arizona1721.3840.5120.4530.3900.0290.2440.16912.23814.430
Tennessee1691.1890.5090.3200.3310.0300.2070.09510.27213.740
San Francisco1741.2820.4020.4140.4480.0170.2930.14910.95413.213
LA Chargers1721.2790.3840.3310.5230.0350.3370.12810.61013.122
Baltimore1801.4830.5000.5280.4170.0330.2720.11112.92816.139
Pittsburgh1771.3220.4800.4800.3280.0340.1810.09611.61016.113
Washington1691.2070.4910.3850.3250.0060.1780.08310.00613.343
Atlanta1761.2050.3580.3750.4260.0230.2500.09710.10813.188
N.Y. Giants1721.1740.4190.3840.3200.0470.1920.1169.87814.250
Oakland1671.7310.6230.5210.5570.0300.3770.18615.14419.251
Indianapolis1781.2020.4330.3260.4160.0170.2250.1079.76412.275
Chicago1691.1070.2720.3850.4380.0060.2190.0838.42013.408
Denver1771.6160.5760.5140.4920.0230.3110.10214.06216.994
LA Rams1711.3800.4800.4090.4560.0290.2750.14011.69615.199
Green Bay1831.2080.4810.3550.3390.0270.1580.0719.60113.011
Philadelphia1751.4510.4690.4510.5030.0230.3200.17112.34315.400
Houston1751.6000.5030.5430.5200.0290.3430.16013.67419.337
Kansas City1751.3660.5770.3370.4290.0110.2510.12611.63414.097
Seattle1821.4340.4230.4560.5270.0220.3350.15411.96216.110
Detroit1691.5800.5980.4380.5150.0180.2900.13613.30216.657
New England1901.3370.4630.4210.4420.0050.2630.10511.27915.632
Tampa Bay1661.2770.5000.3610.3800.0360.2050.11411.17512.518
New Orleans1791.6260.5590.4970.5080.0610.2850.11213.69818.101
Buffalo1671.4130.5810.4190.4010.0120.2810.13812.49715.383
N.Y. Jets1721.5640.5350.4240.5410.0520.3310.16313.17416.959
Jacksonville1701.2880.5410.2940.4180.0290.2410.11810.91814.900
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