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 (2325), Defensive Holding (1749), Roughing the Passer (919), Illegal Contact (627), Face Mask (15 Yards) (603), Illegal Use of Hands (553), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2548979787473321632542
Cleveland1976666605361116352049
Minnesota2126267755421816182539
Tampa Bay2087664643432618582384
Green Bay2728388964532722653221
Jacksonville2188962634392019022429
Houston2157369684421518192272
Seattle1996364656351716132358
Denver2479670774461921332719
Baltimore2306873853532719613089
LA Chargers2228171653401419232235
N.Y. Giants2258670635361818962531
Cincinnati2208260725482619262374
Detroit2177267744482417942411
New England294100103863501924533285
Arizona27610787792532023882980
Kansas City2067661645402217991904
Dallas2197178653431318142146
San Francisco1956555705382215882041
Pittsburgh2309078571341819112768
Buffalo1906063633371815912271
Washington2127465675392018132197
Oakland20678566210422117882480
N.Y. Jets2026764673351216542171
New Orleans1955570691331516081972
Philadelphia2138060691411818642559
Chicago2167660744462517952445
Indianapolis25910767823492122213126
LA Rams1886263576331715582225
Miami1947852603352216912210
Tennessee2036745826592416582030
Carolina2096862745391717402081
Totals704324672159225213113546395944078044
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