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 (2016), Defensive Holding (1454), Roughing the Passer (787), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (523), Illegal Use of Hands (476), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2207668696402618282148
Cleveland1715956515321014101737
Minnesota1804859665401713912152
Tampa Bay1736452533322015391958
Green Bay2507483884492420783017
Jacksonville1937756564351716872189
Houston1776258524331114851929
Seattle1645549554291513631972
Denver2218565683391519042482
Baltimore2056066762472417462760
LA Chargers2067961622381318042083
N.Y. Giants2027565565311416772251
Cincinnati1927550624432216812123
Detroit1845658664422215091966
New England2548790723431721502731
Arizona2479182712471821272665
Kansas City1756054565341714981634
Dallas1876068552371115521826
San Francisco1565242575281612561708
Pittsburgh1897463491281516232336
Buffalo1595354483281413071895
Washington1866357605351715861901
Oakland1857248569412016282235
N.Y. Jets1795860583301114741927
New Orleans1704960601291414421742
Philadelphia1756448600341615022076
Chicago1796347652432215062027
Indianapolis2319161763431819592833
LA Rams1575149534321613221847
Miami1726946533311915041995
Tennessee1795839755542214571792
Carolina1816450634331415221774
Totals609921241864196711511805475151767711
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