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 (2409), Defensive Holding (1844), Roughing the Passer (957), Illegal Contact (641), Face Mask (15 Yards) (620), Illegal Use of Hands (561), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2288264782451918542617
Minnesota2227366785462618952574
Cleveland2367481754502919752708
Dallas2487587757462320352438
Carolina1926859613401816142215
Cincinnati2106669702412017772315
Arizona2318575665422920402434
Tennessee1948352545331616912210
San Francisco2216872783512618712252
LA Chargers2156656866582218102204
Baltimore2528788706441621632755
Pittsburgh2248182565301419542776
Washington1927959531291416152166
Atlanta2025963724411616942250
N.Y. Giants1967163547321916482377
Oakland27910283895613024453080
Indianapolis2097457733391816872146
Chicago1814463721361413812241
Denver2739886834521823682872
LA Rams2287867775472419382529
Green Bay2178465625291317172331
Philadelphia2427975834512920512595
Houston2678491865552622733219
Kansas City2249257712412119032331
Seattle2567583944602721432892
Detroit2579873813462121682742
New England2458675821491920772876
Tampa Bay2048056626341917952008
New Orleans28498888810491924013206
Buffalo2299567661462220162485
N.Y. Jets2588772889542621492787
Jacksonville2078647685391917372388
Totals732325572241235113814166726188581019
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