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 (2264), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (585), Illegal Use of Hands (533), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2077456732421816642416
Minnesota2056865684392317602360
Cleveland2187175673442618022508
Dallas2317181697422018922292
Carolina1866558593391815462097
Cincinnati2066566702412017472296
Arizona2218370635392719432317
Tennessee1848050504301416142056
San Francisco2056264763492417422067
LA Chargers2026255786542117102067
Baltimore2358182656401520052591
Pittsburgh2178179543291318842644
Washington1807458471261415262069
Atlanta1815258634351414912062
N.Y. Giants1796655507301815062224
Oakland2639280865592822892893
Indianapolis1996955703381716012075
Chicago1684358661341312942061
Denver2528781784481621722743
LA Rams2087060734442317632296
Green Bay2077862615291316362257
Philadelphia2317771784502819832500
Houston2517788805502321343037
Kansas City2048452651381817352079
Seattle2397077884582619922718
Detroit2439167803452020272578
New England2258265761441718912672
Tampa Bay1927752585311716911891
New Orleans26291837810421722072961
Buffalo2188963651452119162387
N.Y. Jets2328066778492219502514
Jacksonville1917941655371816162214
Totals684223912093219612913206225772975942
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