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 (2548), Defensive Holding (1977), Roughing the Passer (1037), Illegal Contact (656), Face Mask (15 Yards) (651), Illegal Use of Hands (611), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (32), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2368467812462019212707
Minnesota2367672835482720142752
Cleveland2528186794523021242929
Dallas2638093797482521612642
Carolina2097263703462117712404
Cincinnati2177070722432018382388
Arizona2469280695442921722589
Tennessee2058854585371617702384
San Francisco2277272803532719442386
LA Chargers2296960936592218932316
Baltimore2719097776502123632955
Pittsburgh2408785626351821032935
Washington2088466571311417182286
Atlanta2136466754441717892329
N.Y. Giants2077466588352017372525
Oakland30311389956653326653362
Indianapolis2218059773422017952284
Chicago1934867752371414662318
Denver29110293904571925233041
LA Rams2438474795472420712653
Green Bay2228865635301317652386
Philadelphia2568279904583121782721
Houston2829095915602824183429
Kansas City24610660762442220982544
Seattle2677984994622822202992
Detroit27510475913522523152901
New England2609083851512021903056
Tampa Bay2208762647352019312211
New Orleans301103919512522225343306
Buffalo24110070692482321182596
N.Y. Jets2779574969593023292984
Jacksonville2239450735432018922579
Totals778027282367250114615137196582685890
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