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 (2020), Defensive Holding (1455), Roughing the Passer (787), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (523), Illegal Use of Hands (477), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1786752552311514512057
Minnesota1826254624362015852158
Cleveland1966766583402316592348
Dallas2176876646381717752098
Carolina1625052563361713181844
Cincinnati1825560632381815381967
Arizona1967160605362617242105
Tennessee1657443444241214411903
San Francisco1785358643391714831764
LA Chargers1825552705491815551877
Baltimore2097671566341317802298
Pittsburgh1927269483261116612336
Washington1606850411241213661777
Atlanta1614749574301113201806
N.Y. Giants1595651456271713341942
Oakland2448970805532421142632
Indianapolis1816451631321414021903
Chicago1443852531281111081816
Denver2327873754461420012585
LA Rams1896352694422216132089
Green Bay1836557564261214391979
Philadelphia2056962712452617752272
Houston2307281715452119682832
Kansas City1737343551331615041802
Seattle2156068852552517892383
Detroit2157861722411517662317
New England2067659691401517332496
Tampa Bay1726547555301615131683
New Orleans2147267678381518422368
Buffalo2038259611432017942102
N.Y. Jets2097061698442017642311
Jacksonville1717039565321414331958
Totals610521251865197011611815475154867808
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