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 (2732), Defensive Holding (2095), Roughing the Passer (1098), Illegal Contact (686), Face Mask (15 Yards) (677), Illegal Use of Hands (639), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2558771913542620852917
Minnesota2458173865512821012807
Cleveland2628688824533022033028
Dallas2788296887542722682799
Carolina2207270743482218342537
Cincinnati2307473782472119432517
Arizona2609487745473122862732
Tennessee2219163616391718912554
San Francisco2507877905593121292616
LA Chargers2357261947602219392401
Baltimore28896988310552525043105
Pittsburgh2558992686382022093081
Washington2168770581311418012359
Atlanta2267269774461919262526
N.Y. Giants2217868649402318502637
Las Vegas31812192996683428013522
Indianapolis2308163813452118572394
Chicago2065173792391515872438
Denver29910696914571925913129
LA Rams2528578826502521502743
Green Bay2369567675321518912531
Philadelphia2708883944613322972860
Houston29794100957623025273588
Kansas City26311066823482422442725
Seattle28086891013642923623183
Detroit28810981933532524163005
New England2799889892532223693249
Tampa Bay2359266698392220552414
New Orleans33011210010414562227423717
Buffalo25810976703482422702756
N.Y. Jets292100781029623124563248
Jacksonville24310256786452020332804
Totals823828782509264416516047676961790922
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