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 (1887), Defensive Holding (1344), Roughing the Passer (726), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (493), Illegal Use of Hands (435), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1676149532301413631957
Minnesota1685850564321814802022
Cleveland1846464523372115772186
Dallas2016470614361516231907
Carolina1554649563361712511753
Cincinnati1644855581351614081774
Arizona1886956585362616702042
Tennessee1547038424221213461764
San Francisco1635154553321613471616
LA Chargers1704850675481814531722
Baltimore2027370536311117112209
Pittsburgh1847067443231115932268
Washington1496249371241212811673
Atlanta149444354427911911646
N.Y. Giants1475149415251612161722
Oakland2388867785512320682547
Indianapolis1676147570271112751753
Chicago1343349511281110211697
Denver2207270724441419032494
LA Rams1746043674402115041967
Green Bay1746355514251213831874
Philadelphia1916555682452616732079
Houston2166578675432018292665
Kansas City1566736511301613681574
Seattle1905458762472215812146
Detroit2027258682381516562157
New England1937156641361416202357
Tampa Bay1626245505281514151610
New Orleans2026860668371517222250
Buffalo1887955531361616641965
N.Y. Jets1846353598391815862082
Jacksonville1707038565321414241936
Totals570619921736184111111005154820263414
Loading Facebook Comments...