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 (2409), Defensive Holding (1844), Roughing the Passer (957), Illegal Contact (641), Face Mask (15 Yards) (620), Illegal Use of Hands (561), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2619081827493322162642
Cleveland2066968636391317092115
Minnesota2236768805441817012653
Tampa Bay2188066683472819612468
Green Bay28286901004542823373378
Jacksonville2249163664422119752504
Houston2237672704431518772354
Seattle2076666686361716822466
Denver2569975784472022302827
Baltimore2387374873552720353160
LA Chargers2388576714451820742351
N.Y. Giants2278670636361819002537
Cincinnati2268363745492719792459
Detroit2237468774512518502463
New England307101111903532125683394
Arizona28210991792532024513031
Kansas City2198067675422319232037
Dallas2297580684441318972230
San Francisco2076959736402317022181
Pittsburgh2409480611361819892871
Buffalo2016566663381916822438
Washington2167468685392018332237
Oakland21081566310432118252549
N.Y. Jets2117066713381417362274
New Orleans2035774693331516782088
Philadelphia2218262731421919252642
Chicago2298163794482718942540
Indianapolis27111168893542323213265
LA Rams1976467606351916452290
Miami1978053603352217292255
Tennessee2137046886632717422113
Carolina2186964805432018192207
Totals732325572241235113814166726188581019
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