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 (1784), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (692), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (470), Illegal Use of Hands (418), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1585647522301413001871
Minnesota1585745524301813861848
Cleveland1796460513362115372099
Dallas1936268574351515731802
Carolina1534549553351712341743
Cincinnati1514352531331512851659
Arizona1806653565342515891935
Tennessee1496738404201012871705
San Francisco1584951553321612941556
San Diego1594547625431613561627
Baltimore1916964526311116202105
Pittsburgh1736764393201015012109
Washington1445947371241212311594
Atlanta138414247422610871571
N.Y. Giants1404948375221411561623
Oakland2298465755502319932463
Indianapolis1575547530251011791682
Chicago11933454012289231514
Denver2116966704421318232372
Los Angeles1655540673402114261883
Green Bay1676251494241213381815
Philadelphia1856254662442516201984
Houston2026073635411917002416
Kansas City1455933511301612671469
Seattle1784854742452014712061
Detroit1946756672371515872079
New England1886756631361415762319
Tampa Bay1606145495271513971580
New Orleans1926158658361516412139
Buffalo1857754531361616391941
N.Y. Jets1745753558371815101913
Jacksonville1566434525291312881814
Totals543118801659175711010484934581460291
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