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 (2662), Defensive Holding (2061), Roughing the Passer (1078), Illegal Contact (673), Face Mask (15 Yards) (665), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (39), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1771.4180.4860.3950.5030.0170.2990.14111.59916.305
Minnesota1841.3100.4290.3970.4570.0270.2660.14711.21715.147
Cleveland1761.4720.4830.4890.4660.0230.3010.17012.37517.023
Dallas1831.4810.4370.5190.4640.0380.2840.14212.12614.962
Carolina1831.1690.3930.3660.3880.0160.2510.1159.77013.443
Cincinnati1821.2420.4010.3900.4230.0110.2530.11510.49513.621
Arizona1811.4090.5140.4750.3920.0280.2490.16012.36514.740
Tennessee1811.2100.4920.3480.3370.0330.2150.09410.33713.945
San Francisco1861.3060.4140.3980.4680.0270.3010.15111.02713.624
LA Chargers1811.2980.3980.3370.5190.0390.3310.12210.71313.265
Baltimore1901.4840.4890.5160.4210.0530.2740.12612.88916.074
Pittsburgh1871.3260.4760.4760.3420.0320.1930.09611.55116.118
Washington1781.2020.4830.3880.3260.0060.1740.07910.00013.140
Atlanta1851.1890.3780.3570.4110.0220.2430.09710.09713.238
N.Y. Giants1811.2100.4310.3760.3480.0500.2150.12210.09914.497
Oakland1771.7740.6720.5140.5540.0340.3840.19215.63819.616
Indianapolis1881.1970.4260.3240.4200.0160.2290.1069.65412.314
Chicago1791.1010.2740.3850.4250.0110.2120.0848.40813.140
Denver1861.5970.5700.5110.4840.0220.3060.10213.86016.656
LA Rams1801.3890.4720.4280.4560.0280.2780.13311.87215.161
Green Bay1941.1860.4690.3400.3450.0260.1650.0779.45412.789
Philadelphia1851.4430.4700.4430.5030.0220.3240.17812.29215.276
Houston1861.5750.5000.5380.5050.0270.3330.16113.50519.016
Kansas City1861.3980.5910.3440.4350.0160.2530.12911.92514.522
Seattle1931.4350.4300.4610.5230.0160.3320.15012.05716.383
Detroit1791.5750.5980.4360.5140.0170.2960.14013.23516.520
New England2001.3650.4800.4450.4300.0050.2550.10011.55015.820
Tampa Bay1761.3070.5110.3690.3810.0450.2160.11911.44313.256
New Orleans1891.6880.5820.5030.5290.0740.2910.11614.17518.593
Buffalo1781.4210.6010.4160.3930.0110.2700.12912.44415.146
N.Y. Jets1821.5600.5440.4070.5440.0490.3300.17013.10417.275
Jacksonville1791.2960.5530.2960.4130.0280.2460.11211.03915.084
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