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 (2179), Defensive Holding (1605), Roughing the Passer (853), Illegal Contact (603), Face Mask (15 Yards) (556), Illegal Use of Hands (511), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1957055662371815752234
Minnesota1986563664392317152309
Cleveland2066869643422417172429
Dallas2287081677402018682253
Carolina1826356593391815062000
Cincinnati1986164692401916632238
Arizona2148265625382618912267
Tennessee1807948494291415772028
San Francisco1966062713442116461958
LA Chargers1925854755522016391966
Baltimore2298078646391519572524
Pittsburgh2037376513271117582461
Washington1727255441251314661943
Atlanta1765156614331314351993
N.Y. Giants1665854476271713892042
Oakland2559174855582722272809
Indianapolis1946653703381715322030
Chicago1564054611321211941928
Denver2448478764461420902679
LA Rams1976556714422216702187
Green Bay1967160595271315352137
Philadelphia2267570773492719382454
Houston2497688795492221133027
Kansas City1958249611351716551981
Seattle2286572883582618932565
Detroit2298465753431819102478
New England2157663741431617982595
Tampa Bay1817148575301615901767
New Orleans2528779779411621342864
Buffalo2098560631442018462217
N.Y. Jets2267466778492218942475
Jacksonville1867540655371815642169
Totals657322772011213012412725955538573007
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