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 (2527), Defensive Holding (1968), Roughing the Passer (1029), Illegal Contact (653), Face Mask (15 Yards) (649), Illegal Use of Hands (606), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (31), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2779487887513423382814
Cleveland2187471666411417922202
Minnesota2427173905501918502821
Tampa Bay2328771703482820892658
Green Bay30290971094593125083608
Jacksonville2349367704442120662616
Houston2398374774471720042491
Seattle2227372697371818442615
Denver26910475864512123242971
Baltimore2437576883562720833192
LA Chargers2569282755492022362551
N.Y. Giants2429074706412020092669
Cincinnati2448769816553221612641
Detroit2388274784512519952605
New England318102115945552526633536
Arizona29211394813552025373179
Kansas City2378971725462320842182
Dallas2428180754481320132371
San Francisco2187361786442417872260
Pittsburgh2549888631382021353054
Buffalo2106770693412017512536
Washington2227669715402018902300
Oakland21684566610452218772590
N.Y. Jets2247770733391418422447
New Orleans2085975713341617202133
Philadelphia2338863772462120332763
Chicago2418567834482719812640
Indianapolis28811970963592724543444
LA Rams2066671636372017182379
Miami2108556653362318302400
Tennessee2298050906652818992267
Carolina2257365825452018762303
Totals773127102353248614515017106538985238
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