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 (1788), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (693), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (471), 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
Atlanta1956759626382516551885
Cleveland138464544328811461423
Minnesota1564054555341512121876
Tampa Bay1545946453271713821799
Green Bay2256278804421918362743
Jacksonville1666550474301614631850
Houston132494237423710761452
Seattle1445039513261411741740
Denver2037961612351317482258
Baltimore1975765722452416912684
San Diego1867153582351316361837
N.Y. Giants1897360505291315822115
Cincinnati1756947544392015391935
Detroit1604551604392012941644
New England2147275633381618152325
Arizona2137771622391617962322
Kansas City1575151505301513371466
Dallas1715759522341114431633
San Francisco1444541535251411421593
Pittsburgh1676850461271514341998
Buffalo1485049453271312421785
Washington1696150534311414551707
Oakland1676346499351714542019
N.Y. Jets164515753327913471765
New Orleans1574558531241213361599
Philadelphia1545643530321413181774
Chicago1585740572371913131872
Indianapolis2118256703391817832571
Los Angeles1394542484281411591670
Miami1556240493281913451781
Tennessee1625138665481913141644
Carolina1676043604301413971621
Totals543718851659175811010494934586460386
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