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 (1850), Defensive Holding (1309), Roughing the Passer (717), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (489), Illegal Use of Hands (428), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1655949532301413491949
Minnesota1635847544311814281916
Cleveland1826462523372115602140
Dallas1986369604361516031868
Carolina1544649553351712441748
Cincinnati1594754551341613681737
Arizona1876856585362616602037
Tennessee1537038414211113311740
San Francisco1605052553321613141577
San Diego1694750675481814431707
Baltimore1977168526311116702174
Pittsburgh1816867433231115702225
Washington1486248371241212711668
Atlanta140434247422611071578
N.Y. Giants1465148415251612121701
Oakland2388867785512320682547
Indianapolis1656047560261012451733
Chicago129334946125119941665
Denver2167168714431418652417
Los Angeles1725942674402114841937
Green Bay1726354504251213771851
Philadelphia1906555672442516622074
Houston2126476665432018002616
Kansas City1506433511301613051518
Seattle1865158752462115392116
Detroit2007058682381516362141
New England1906956631361415962329
Tampa Bay1626245505281514151610
New Orleans2006760658361517032240
Buffalo1867755531361616481955
N.Y. Jets1816153588391815662038
Jacksonville1636836535301313461867
Totals561419591711180711110815074737962419
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