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 (1500), Roughing the Passer (809), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (535), 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
Atlanta2308170726422819132224
Cleveland1745957535331114371784
Minnesota1835060665401714172186
Tampa Bay1766552553342215692020
Green Bay2547583914502521043046
Jacksonville1978056574361717242252
Houston1876560574371315762032
Seattle1715651594311614142035
Denver2268567704411619592526
Baltimore2106070772472417932826
LA Chargers2097962633391318202107
N.Y. Giants2057667565311416972278
Cincinnati1947551634432216962132
Detroit1875660674422215262001
New England2608892753441821932808
Arizona2529582722481921842700
Kansas City1766054575351815081639
Dallas1926170572381215911904
San Francisco1605244595291612791760
Pittsburgh1977767491281516782456
Buffalo1625454503291513321927
Washington1906458625361816191963
Oakland1917551569412016692302
N.Y. Jets1876062613311215271990
New Orleans1725061601291414601748
Philadelphia1806450630351715372145
Chicago1816347672442315282043
Indianapolis2369263783451920012868
LA Rams1655353545321613741953
Miami1756948543311915232058
Tennessee1835941765552314991827
Carolina1896453684351615841874
Totals625121621916202411812115705273169414
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