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
Atlanta29810091988573725463078
Cleveland2397977748471619732413
Minnesota2628178945542220163021
Tampa Bay2549378784523222623003
Green Bay321931031176633226273767
Jacksonville25710273757472122372854
Houston2558781824501821402637
Seattle2367775757422219732733
Denver29511281966562525113243
Baltimore2567984893562721903375
LA Chargers27310086796532123962771
N.Y. Giants2649581806452221852841
Cincinnati2649676847573323282840
Detroit2639482834562822372901
New England3371081211015602828283728
Arizona314118105873602227233419
Kansas City26510079806522823322489
Dallas2618989774501321532509
San Francisco2418066877512819822547
Pittsburgh27510791712422122953381
Buffalo2297075785462519182786
Washington2388272766432119962453
Las Vegas23588667110482220192870
N.Y. Jets2438079794441920312662
New Orleans2246382763361718522309
Philadelphia2659876852492223153198
Chicago2599071915533021352853
Indianapolis309128751015632826183690
LA Rams2176975676412318232471
Miami2399860764422820672753
Tennessee2478556976682920492443
Carolina2388068855452019902506
Totals837329212552268916916287807074792544
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