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 (2732), Defensive Holding (2095), Roughing the Passer (1098), Illegal Contact (686), Face Mask (15 Yards) (677), Illegal Use of Hands (639), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1801.4170.4830.3940.5060.0170.3000.14411.58316.206
Minnesota1871.3100.4330.3900.4600.0270.2730.15011.23515.011
Cleveland1791.4640.4800.4920.4580.0220.2960.16812.30716.916
Dallas1861.4950.4410.5160.4730.0380.2900.14512.19415.048
Carolina1861.1830.3870.3760.3980.0160.2580.1189.86013.640
Cincinnati1851.2430.4000.3950.4220.0110.2540.11410.50313.605
Arizona1841.4130.5110.4730.4020.0270.2550.16812.42414.848
Tennessee1841.2010.4950.3420.3320.0330.2120.09210.27713.880
San Francisco1901.3160.4110.4050.4740.0260.3110.16311.20513.768
LA Chargers1841.2770.3910.3320.5110.0380.3260.12010.53813.049
Baltimore1931.4920.4970.5080.4300.0520.2850.13012.97416.088
Pittsburgh1901.3420.4680.4840.3580.0320.2000.10511.62616.216
Washington1811.1930.4810.3870.3200.0060.1710.0779.95013.033
Atlanta1881.2020.3830.3670.4100.0210.2450.10110.24513.436
N.Y. Giants1841.2010.4240.3700.3480.0490.2170.12510.05414.332
Las Vegas1801.7670.6720.5110.5500.0330.3780.18915.56119.567
Indianapolis1911.2040.4240.3300.4240.0160.2360.1109.72312.534
Chicago1821.1320.2800.4010.4340.0110.2140.0828.72013.396
Denver1891.5820.5610.5080.4810.0210.3020.10113.70916.556
LA Rams1831.3770.4640.4260.4480.0330.2730.13711.74914.989
Green Bay1971.1980.4820.3400.3400.0250.1620.0769.59912.848
Philadelphia1881.4360.4680.4410.5000.0210.3240.17612.21815.213
Houston1891.5710.4970.5290.5030.0370.3280.15913.37018.984
Kansas City1901.3840.5790.3470.4320.0160.2530.12611.81114.342
Seattle1961.4290.4390.4540.5150.0150.3270.14812.05116.240
Detroit1821.5820.5990.4450.5110.0160.2910.13713.27516.511
New England2031.3740.4830.4380.4380.0100.2610.10811.67016.005
Tampa Bay1791.3130.5140.3690.3850.0450.2180.12311.48013.486
New Orleans1921.7190.5830.5210.5420.0730.2920.11514.28119.359
Buffalo1811.4250.6020.4200.3870.0170.2650.13312.54115.227
N.Y. Jets1851.5780.5410.4220.5510.0490.3350.16813.27617.557
Jacksonville1821.3350.5600.3080.4290.0330.2470.11011.17015.407
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