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 (2068), Defensive Holding (1497), Roughing the Passer (809), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (534), Illegal Use of Hands (491), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1846854582321614942134
Minnesota1866256644382216202204
Cleveland1996766613412416752362
Dallas2206878656391817972123
Carolina1685453573371813731904
Cincinnati1885762652391915912081
Arizona2027561615372617812178
Tennessee1727744474271315061951
San Francisco1815458663401715021794
LA Chargers1865554725501915901929
Baltimore2177775586361418482392
Pittsburgh1957271493261116892392
Washington1636852421251313931809
Atlanta1644850584311213461833
N.Y. Giants1605751456271713441957
Oakland2479071815542521512669
Indianapolis1826451641331514131908
Chicago1473853551291211341831
Denver2378076754461420352634
LA Rams1936454704422216402152
Green Bay1846657564261214421981
Philadelphia2127066732452618142324
Houston2387286745462120252919
Kansas City1817644581331615541881
Seattle2166069852552517992388
Detroit2177862732421617872362
New England2107661711411617622564
Tampa Bay1756648565301615361717
New Orleans2307970729391619642552
Buffalo2048260611432018052107
N.Y. Jets2137063718462118012350
Jacksonville1767139605351714852003
Totals624721611915202311712105695269669385
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