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 (2179), Defensive Holding (1606), Roughing the Passer (853), Illegal Contact (603), Face Mask (15 Yards) (557), Illegal Use of Hands (511), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2388373747432919872322
Cleveland1826060575351115141872
Minnesota1995863715401715332437
Tampa Bay1897157573362216782132
Green Bay2628085924502521763129
Jacksonville2068260604381917922343
Houston1956763604381316452077
Seattle1785854614321614722090
Denver2328768734431720082578
Baltimore2176370812502418522930
LA Chargers2158065653401418712167
N.Y. Giants2158168605331517852382
Cincinnati2098055694472518202288
Detroit1996462694442216392119
New England2769397813471923143080
Arizona2619885752491922562833
Kansas City1916756635392116381753
Dallas2056674603401317062047
San Francisco1725648635311813861864
Pittsburgh2088269531311617502542
Buffalo1725656563331614222036
Washington2016962645371817142071
Oakland20078535910422117452415
N.Y. Jets1936263643331215732067
New Orleans1815365621291415181835
Philadelphia1987155681401817112361
Chicago1936653684442516172155
Indianapolis2459666803471920773016
LA Rams1745657565331714412120
Miami1807049573321915522093
Tennessee1906142805582415521889
Carolina1996558724381716611984
Totals657522792011213012412725955540573027
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