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 (2164), Defensive Holding (1595), Roughing the Passer (845), Illegal Contact (602), Face Mask (15 Yards) (554), Illegal Use of Hands (506), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2358272737432919642268
Cleveland1826060575351115141872
Minnesota1985763715401715232433
Tampa Bay1897157573362216782132
Green Bay2618084924502521713108
Jacksonville2068260604381917922343
Houston1946762604381316352072
Seattle1775854604321614672075
Denver2308667734431719922556
Baltimore2166270812502418422925
LA Chargers2158065653401418712167
N.Y. Giants2148068605331517752372
Cincinnati2077954694472518162286
Detroit1986362694442216292114
New England2759297813471923043065
Arizona2609785752491922462828
Kansas City1876556615371915911701
Dallas2036574602401316932027
San Francisco1705448635311813661841
Pittsburgh2088269531311617502542
Buffalo1715556563331614122026
Washington1976860635371816872019
Oakland19978535810422117422402
N.Y. Jets1936263643331215732067
New Orleans1805364621291415121820
Philadelphia1947153670391816672331
Chicago1916552684442516012142
Indianapolis2439565803471920642965
LA Rams1725557555321614172110
Miami1807049573321915522093
Tennessee1896042805582415421872
Carolina1986557724381716541978
Totals653222591998212212212685925504272552
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