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 (2460), Defensive Holding (1915), Roughing the Passer (1001), Illegal Contact (650), Face Mask (15 Yards) (641), Illegal Use of Hands (586), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2308265792451918612647
Minnesota2287667805472619462646
Cleveland2417783754502920272753
Dallas2587891787472421122583
Carolina2016962663421916912310
Cincinnati2166970722432018282373
Arizona2378877675422920962477
Tennessee1988454555341617132298
San Francisco2226972783512618812284
LA Chargers2206657906582218252257
Baltimore2658994756492022942875
Pittsburgh2348585586321720552852
Washington2028264551301416722248
Atlanta2116365754441717692306
N.Y. Giants2017265558332016912426
Oakland28710486925633125203178
Indianapolis2147758743401917382185
Chicago1874665741371414232266
Denver28410191864551824762995
LA Rams2358270775472419962594
Green Bay2218865625291317572381
Philadelphia2538279874553021512690
Houston2778795895582623613371
Kansas City23610059732422220102442
Seattle2617783964612821772932
Detroit26210074833482222162793
New England2508777841502021112911
Tampa Bay2128360636341918552078
New Orleans291100899111512024523240
Buffalo2339668672472320512536
N.Y. Jets2679273919562722532900
Jacksonville2139147695391917882453
Totals754726422310241614214596936379683280
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