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 (2130), Defensive Holding (1561), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (548), Illegal Use of Hands (502), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1937055642361815662216
Minnesota1906359644382216512237
Cleveland2026867623412416952390
Dallas2267081657391918532223
Carolina1766054583381814581964
Cincinnati1925863672391916142150
Arizona2067961615372618262219
Tennessee1777847484281415422002
San Francisco1895661693421915691875
LA Chargers1895654745511916111955
Baltimore2227876616371418872446
Pittsburgh1997274503261117122428
Washington1687152441251314341866
Atlanta1704953604321313851929
N.Y. Giants1645853466271713752029
Oakland2539073855582722072722
Indianapolis1886551682361614631956
Chicago1543954601311211771918
Denver2408277754461420582659
LA Rams1956455714422216472167
Green Bay1886957574271214782033
Philadelphia2227468772492619062383
Houston2467587785492220942998
Kansas City1857745601341615871917
Seattle2226272862562518512517
Detroit2248164743431818602438
New England2137662731431617852589
Tampa Bay1786848575301615601738
New Orleans2428475749401620592725
Buffalo2078460621432018292185
N.Y. Jets2217166758482218552433
Jacksonville1817339635361715162087
Totals642222201963208812012475835411071394
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