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 (2379), Defensive Holding (1808), Roughing the Passer (942), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (559), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2217961772441918032576
Minnesota2187266755452618702509
Cleveland2297380704472719132623
Dallas2467585757462320242408
Carolina1916759613401816042199
Cincinnati2096668702412017722311
Arizona2318575665422920402434
Tennessee1908251525311516622134
San Francisco2186870773502518402216
LA Chargers2146556866582218002189
Baltimore2508588706441621522740
Pittsburgh2228180565301419172729
Washington1907859521291416002157
Atlanta1965662704401616352197
N.Y. Giants1937160547321916122358
Oakland2739982875602923953014
Indianapolis2067257723381716592127
Chicago1774361711361413362174
Denver2699685824521823332846
LA Rams2267667775472419182509
Green Bay2148265615291316932315
Philadelphia2427975834512920512595
Houston2668491855542622643214
Kansas City2208957702402018552253
Seattle2527383924602721132851
Detroit2539671813462121292715
New England2418574801481920392841
Tampa Bay1987954605331817501940
New Orleans28198878610481923803188
Buffalo2279466661462219962465
N.Y. Jets2528572858522521072727
Jacksonville2058645685391917282378
Totals722025192212231713613986636099079932
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