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 (2785), Defensive Holding (2119), Roughing the Passer (1118), Illegal Contact (701), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (644), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (46), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2618873943572821412962
Minnesota2498275875512821322843
Cleveland2648888824533022233048
Dallas2838498897542723272855
Carolina2257472753492218712582
Cincinnati2347675782472119772558
Arizona2709694755483123742794
Tennessee2229263616391719012582
San Francisco2577979945613221902701
LA Chargers2367262947602219482406
Baltimore29298998410552525383177
Pittsburgh2588994696382022283127
Washington2208870611321518282399
Atlanta2297469784461919482540
N.Y. Giants2268169659402318952673
Las Vegas322123931006683428383562
Indianapolis2338264814452118792436
Chicago2155775802391516752579
Denver30010697914571925993167
LA Rams2568779836502521762784
Green Bay2409567706341719182606
Philadelphia2789186964613323592966
Houston30094101977643025523617
Kansas City27111170853502623052812
Seattle28086891013642923623183
Detroit29010981953552524333025
New England2819889912552323853271
Tampa Bay2389266728412320842468
New Orleans33511510110415562327923813
Buffalo26110977723492422842813
N.Y. Jets3001028010510633225173340
Jacksonville24710357806472120682855
Totals837329212552268916916287807074792544
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