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 (2691), Defensive Holding (2073), Roughing the Passer (1084), Illegal Contact (676), Face Mask (15 Yards) (673), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (43), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2909889957563624752980
Cleveland2367875748471619342378
Minnesota2567876935532119632957
Tampa Bay2449275724493021912859
Green Bay315921011146633226033720
Jacksonville2489970727452121652772
Houston2518580814501821122588
Seattle2297673727402019152690
Denver28311079895532324323110
Baltimore2547982893562721723366
LA Chargers2689985775512023482691
N.Y. Giants2529278746442220912754
Cincinnati2609573847573322942801
Detroit2559180804532621572771
New England3331061191015602827913687
Arizona30611699873602226653382
Kansas City2609878786512722882441
Dallas2518584764491320852445
San Francisco2317863837472618932448
Pittsburgh26810390701422122353265
Buffalo2216973744432118532709
Washington2328070746432119592394
Las Vegas22686626810472219562698
N.Y. Jets2347974764411719442554
New Orleans2206181753351718062279
Philadelphia2519471802482221973019
Chicago2518869884512920632728
Indianapolis30112473995612725383616
LA Rams2146775666402217932424
Miami2319558734412720142664
Tennessee2398454926662920022368
Carolina2327667845452019292432
Totals814228532476261016315877566886389990
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