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 (2376), Defensive Holding (1804), Roughing the Passer (941), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (558), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2579081787473321932587
Cleveland2026967615371216872074
Minnesota2176268795431816442590
Tampa Bay2157965673462719322432
Green Bay2788489994542822963295
Jacksonville2208963644402019282454
Houston2207571694421518552329
Seattle2056664686361716572424
Denver2509772774461921682754
Baltimore2347074863542719993131
LA Chargers2358375714451820402331
N.Y. Giants2278670636361819002537
Cincinnati2238262735492719522424
Detroit2227368774512518402448
New England299100104903532125053337
Arizona27910790792532024303021
Kansas City2097762655412318391929
Dallas2267479674441318622216
San Francisco2026858715392216712114
Pittsburgh2359280581351819542830
Buffalo1936264633371816202354
Washington2147466685392018222207
Oakland20879566310432118052501
N.Y. Jets2066965683361316862209
New Orleans2005573693331516482054
Philadelphia2198261721421919032632
Chicago2237862774482718452503
Indianapolis26911068883532323043210
LA Rams1926365586341816072241
Miami1957952603352217012225
Tennessee2066845846602416782042
Carolina2166962805432017992191
Totals719625112201231213613946616077079626
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