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 (2263), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (584), 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
Atlanta2488775787473320992485
Cleveland1926563595361115971982
Minnesota2086266735411716002508
Tampa Bay2027562613402518032268
Green Bay2668186944512622073165
Jacksonville2108561604381918382369
Houston2057067634411517542218
Seattle1916160645341715622204
Denver2419270754451820862667
Baltimore2276773833522619323052
LA Chargers2208070653401418962215
N.Y. Giants2238569635361818802498
Cincinnati2148257704472518752338
Detroit2107065714452217312293
New England28696100853501923843197
Arizona27010386782521923312937
Kansas City1987059645402217141826
Dallas2117076603401317632077
San Francisco1856252665342015061974
Pittsburgh2198376551331818272637
Buffalo1805760593341614982124
Washington2067363645371817622151
Oakland20478556110422117712457
N.Y. Jets1996663663341216292147
New Orleans1905468671321415771917
Philadelphia2037556681401817592458
Chicago2087357724452517402370
Indianapolis25310167823492121563066
LA Rams1826059576331714982161
Miami1897550603352216402153
Tennessee1976542816592416031947
Carolina2036759725381716932031
Totals684023902092219612913206225771175892
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