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
Atlanta2077361666392517362012
Cleveland150495048330912461536
Minnesota1624455565341512601945
Tampa Bay1626148493291714271856
Green Bay2386879864482319692865
Jacksonville1797053524331715752028
Houston158584848430913381672
Seattle1525442514261412441847
Denver2108462622341318142327
Baltimore2025965752462417232721
LA Chargers1927553602371316811924
N.Y. Giants1917361515291315902145
Cincinnati1817248564402015842020
Detroit1704854644412113701774
New England2337880703421719522539
Arizona2258475632401719152428
Kansas City1655553525321614131554
Dallas1816065532351115201774
San Francisco1494841555271511911628
Pittsburgh1797158471271515422217
Buffalo1525150473281412721832
Washington1746152564331614971793
Oakland1756547549392015282112
N.Y. Jets166535753327913671775
New Orleans1644759571281314051686
Philadelphia1625847550331514051881
Chicago1665944592381913821926
Indianapolis2198759703391818622682
LA Rams1474846494291512411747
Miami1586441493281913741823
Tennessee1655338675481913371684
Carolina1726245614311414421661
Totals570619921736184111111005154820263414
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