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
Miami2167859752431917562526
Minnesota2117265695402318092452
Cleveland2247376694462718702553
Dallas2387384717432119602362
Carolina1906758613401815862181
Cincinnati2086568702412017622306
Arizona2268472655412920002379
Tennessee1878250514301416352111
San Francisco2136568773502517942175
LA Chargers2086355836562117422142
Baltimore2438586656401520872672
Pittsburgh2188179553291318882649
Washington1897859511281415932152
Atlanta1905461674381515712141
N.Y. Giants1876760527321915682314
Oakland2699880865592823492964
Indianapolis2047156723381716462107
Chicago1734360681351413192100
Denver2629384794491622622800
LA Rams2157361764462418232393
Green Bay2107964615291316582272
Philadelphia2377872824512920172550
Houston2588190815512422033142
Kansas City2098555661381817722152
Seattle2457081904592720332784
Detroit2519570813462121102649
New England2298367771451719242702
Tampa Bay1957753605331817201905
New Orleans27094868010441722833029
Buffalo2269465661462219862456
N.Y. Jets2428271808502320342619
Jacksonville2008444665381816802305
Totals704324672159225213113546395944078044
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