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
Miami1947055652371815722221
Minnesota1976463664392317052299
Cleveland2066869643422417172429
Dallas2277081667402018632238
Carolina1806255593391815021998
Cincinnati1976163692401916562232
Arizona2128164625382618752254
Tennessee1807948494291415772028
San Francisco1925862693421915991906
LA Chargers1905754745511916151956
Baltimore2277977646391519412502
Pittsburgh2037376513271117582461
Washington1717254441251314611922
Atlanta1755155614331314291978
N.Y. Giants1655853476271713792037
Oakland2559174855582722272809
Indianapolis1906651692371714882000
Chicago1553954611321211841923
Denver2438378764461420802674
LA Rams1976556714422216702187
Green Bay1927058585271315082085
Philadelphia2247469773492719252403
Houston2487588795492221033017
Kansas City1938049611351716351958
Seattle2266472882582618802545
Detroit2298465753431819102478
New England2157663741431617982595
Tampa Bay1817148575301615901767
New Orleans2498678769411621112810
Buffalo2088460631442018362213
N.Y. Jets2267466778492218942475
Jacksonville1857440655371815542152
Totals653222591998212212212685925504272552
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