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 (1854), Defensive Holding (1314), 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
Atlanta2057361646382517251992
Cleveland146474947330912131500
Minnesota1604255565341512401923
Tampa Bay1596148463271714111844
Green Bay2346679844462219292842
Jacksonville1756951514331715461979
Houston149564544428812381583
Seattle1515342514261412341827
Denver2078261622341317852288
Baltimore1995865732452417052704
San Diego1887253592361316491859
N.Y. Giants1907361505291315892130
Cincinnati1787147554402015631995
Detroit1694754644412113601769
New England2287579693411719082488
Arizona2228275622391618752397
Kansas City1645453525321614031534
Dallas1786062532351114961733
San Francisco1464741535251411621603
Pittsburgh1747154461271514952095
Buffalo1505050463281412621805
Washington1726151554321514761763
Oakland1736447539381915032071
N.Y. Jets165525753327913571770
New Orleans1624758561271313831656
Philadelphia1605845550331513771871
Chicago1645943582381913681916
Indianapolis2188659703391818522677
Los Angeles1454745494291512211737
Miami1586441493281913741823
Tennessee1655338675481913371684
Carolina1696143614311414131637
Totals562319611712181311110845094744962495
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