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 (2866), Defensive Holding (2165), Roughing the Passer (1155), Illegal Contact (711), Face Mask (15 Yards) (705), Illegal Use of Hands (652), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (59), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (3), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta309103931048613726263162
Cleveland2427979758481619992445
Minnesota2688279975572220473089
Tampa Bay2679981824553323693149
Green Bay328941051216643226643896
Jacksonville26110276767472122652889
Houston2588982824501821702697
Seattle2448177777432220292868
Denver30111382997592625583328
Baltimore2618285903562722353434
LA Chargers28610490846562125032920
N.Y. Giants2669781806452222052851
Cincinnati2709879857583323792913
Detroit2719983854572823052978
New England3431111221035623028993798
Arizona319120108873602227733478
Kansas City27110479826532923892539
Dallas2639090774501321732522
San Francisco2488568877512820482628
Pittsburgh28911492772462424183617
Buffalo2337276795472519472812
Washington2468673787442220652533
Las Vegas24089687310492320562932
N.Y. Jets2548380854451920942809
New Orleans2326585793371819132381
Philadelphia2719979872502223563303
Chicago2639271926543121722914
Indianapolis313129761035652926563766
LA Rams2217077686412318522516
Miami2449963774422821182824
Tennessee2538758987692920902520
Carolina2478371885452020462584
Totals858230002608275717316667937241995095
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