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 (1954), Defensive Holding (1396), Roughing the Passer (753), Illegal Contact (566), Face Mask (15 Yards) (501), Illegal Use of Hands (455), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1736450552311514052006
Minnesota1725851594342015142051
Cleveland1916665553382216242274
Dallas2076772624371617011996
Carolina1604951563361713011834
Cincinnati1725257592351614551860
Arizona1927057605362616932075
Tennessee1597339434231213861850
San Francisco1735356613361614361708
LA Chargers1745150685481814981747
Baltimore2087671556331217702293
Pittsburgh1867067463251116092295
Washington1536449391241213091700
Atlanta1534445564291012491707
N.Y. Giants1525350426261712771856
Oakland2398868785512320722577
Indianapolis1766349611311313501852
Chicago1393550531281110541728
Denver2207270724441419032494
LA Rams1806344684412115472022
Green Bay1806455564261214161949
Philadelphia2006761692452617422233
Houston2237179675432018972721
Kansas City1647040521301614281669
Seattle1965659792502416392187
Detroit2067359702391516782219
New England2037459681391517072456
Tampa Bay1706447545291514861650
New Orleans2056962668371517572299
Buffalo1968157571401917462031
N.Y. Jets1956657638401816602186
Jacksonville1707038565321414241936
Totals588720561784190511411365314973365461
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