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 (2268), Defensive Holding (1695), Roughing the Passer (895), Illegal Contact (620), Face Mask (15 Yards) (588), Illegal Use of Hands (536), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2077456732421816642416
Minnesota2066965684392317702365
Cleveland2187175673442618022508
Dallas2317181697422018922292
Carolina1866558593391815462097
Cincinnati2066566702412017472296
Arizona2218370635392719432317
Tennessee1858150504301416242091
San Francisco2056264763492417422067
LA Chargers2046355796542117242087
Baltimore2368183656401520072592
Pittsburgh2188179553291318882649
Washington1847559491261415512098
Atlanta1825258644361415002067
N.Y. Giants1806655517311915162239
Oakland2649380865592822992898
Indianapolis1996955703381716012075
Chicago1714358681351413072087
Denver2538881784481621822748
LA Rams2087060734442317632296
Green Bay2077862615291316362257
Philadelphia2327771794502819862502
Houston2537789815512421533047
Kansas City2048452651381817352079
Seattle2397077884582619922718
Detroit2439167803452020272578
New England2258265761441718912672
Tampa Bay1927752585311716911891
New Orleans26493837810421722272982
Buffalo2188963651452119162387
N.Y. Jets2328066778492219502514
Jacksonville1958143655371816342245
Totals686824012098220612913246255790676157
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