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 (2128), Defensive Holding (1559), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (547), Illegal Use of Hands (501), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2328271726422819362234
Cleveland1775958555341114641811
Minnesota1965563715401715032403
Tampa Bay1846955563352216372080
Green Bay2587983914502521493083
Jacksonville2068260604381917922343
Houston1906661584371315932045
Seattle1755853594311614502065
Denver2288667714411619742546
Baltimore2126070792492418102845
LA Chargers2138063653401418582157
N.Y. Giants2107967585321417372307
Cincinnati2017754654442317602206
Detroit1935961694442215792066
New England2699095793461922602968
Arizona2599784752491922382824
Kansas City1856455615371915801695
Dallas1996373592401316541999
San Francisco1625244615301712941769
Pittsburgh2017967511291517082507
Buffalo1705555563331613892006
Washington1936758625361816541999
Oakland19576525710422117072372
N.Y. Jets1916163633321215572057
New Orleans1765262611291414871780
Philadelphia1876652660381816002270
Chicago1866351673442415702087
Indianapolis2399364793461920282883
LA Rams1685355555321613812008
Miami1766948553311915272063
Tennessee1896042805582415421872
Carolina1966556714371616371947
Totals641622161962208712012465835405571297
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