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 (2084), Defensive Holding (1512), Roughing the Passer (812), Illegal Contact (584), Face Mask (15 Yards) (538), Illegal Use of Hands (497), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2308170726422819132224
Cleveland1765957555341114511806
Minnesota1865160685401714312220
Tampa Bay1766552553342215692020
Green Bay2567783914502521293056
Jacksonville2008156594371817492285
Houston1876560574371315762032
Seattle1715651594311614142035
Denver2268567704411619592526
Baltimore2106070772472417932826
LA Chargers2118063633391318402123
N.Y. Giants2087867575321417242292
Cincinnati1957552634432217012135
Detroit1905760694442215502021
New England2618892763441821962831
Arizona2549682732481922022737
Kansas City1786154585351815231650
Dallas1926170572381215911904
San Francisco1615244605301712921765
Pittsburgh1977767491281516782456
Buffalo1645454523301613481937
Washington1936758625361816541999
Oakland1917551569412016692302
N.Y. Jets1896162623311215412027
New Orleans1745162601291414731768
Philadelphia1826452630351715552182
Chicago1836348673442415472053
Indianapolis2369263783451920012868
LA Rams1655353545321613741953
Miami1756948543311915232058
Tennessee1856041775562415201847
Carolina1906453694361615901877
Totals629221781922204211912205755307669815
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