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 (2796), Defensive Holding (2131), Roughing the Passer (1125), Illegal Contact (701), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (645), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (49), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta30010191998583725653098
Cleveland2397977748471619732413
Minnesota2628178945542220163021
Tampa Bay2569379794523222753018
Green Bay323931041186633226343787
Jacksonville25810274757472122522869
Houston2558781824501821402637
Seattle2377776757422219792738
Denver29511281966562525113243
Baltimore2567984893562721903375
LA Chargers27710188806542124302811
N.Y. Giants2649581806452221852841
Cincinnati2669777847573323472865
Detroit2659482854572822472917
New England3391091221015602828513758
Arizona315118106873602227343427
Kansas City26510079806522823322489
Dallas2618989774501321532509
San Francisco2418066877512819822547
Pittsburgh27610791722422122993402
Buffalo2307175785462519282801
Washington2408372776432120112477
Las Vegas23788677210482220322880
N.Y. Jets2458180794441920502690
New Orleans2256382773361718572314
Philadelphia2659876852492223153198
Chicago2609171915533021452879
Indianapolis309128751015632826183690
LA Rams2196977676412318402498
Miami2399860764422820672753
Tennessee2488556977682920502443
Carolina2408268855452020102516
Totals840729312565269917016317807101892904
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