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 (1957), Defensive Holding (1404), Roughing the Passer (756), Illegal Contact (570), Face Mask (15 Yards) (506), Illegal Use of Hands (457), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2127364686402617592063
Cleveland1655554515321013591666
Minnesota1714755625371613292048
Tampa Bay1676349513301814761912
Green Bay2477183884492420482972
Jacksonville1877354564351716322122
Houston168625150431914091835
Seattle1545443524271412641857
Denver2168563653371518722428
Baltimore2035965762472417312735
LA Chargers2007758612371317491998
N.Y. Giants1957462535291316172197
Cincinnati1877348614422216352083
Detroit1785257654422214611889
New England2438186713421720562636
Arizona2368979652411720272567
Kansas City1725853565341714671609
Dallas1846067532351115301787
San Francisco1535041575281612241683
Pittsburgh1837260481271515672247
Buffalo1535250473281412821851
Washington1776253574341615271808
Oakland1827048559402016012207
N.Y. Jets1725658553281014101827
New Orleans1664859581281314161706
Philadelphia1676048570331514431982
Chicago1746145642422214531995
Indianapolis2269060733421819252767
LA Rams1545147524311613031805
Miami1696844533311914781957
Tennessee1725738705512014001746
Carolina1796349634331415061757
Totals591220661791191311411435334995665742
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