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 (2663), Defensive Holding (2061), Roughing the Passer (1078), Illegal Contact (673), Face Mask (15 Yards) (665), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (39), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2899789957563624602969
Cleveland2327775718441518992337
Minnesota2527576935532119332917
Tampa Bay2409173714493021692758
Green Bay314911011146633225933715
Jacksonville2479870727452121552742
Houston2518580814501821122588
Seattle2287673717391918922649
Denver28311079895532324323110
Baltimore2547982893562721723366
LA Chargers2679985765502023412686
N.Y. Giants2509277736432120692737
Cincinnati2579471847573322692769
Detroit2518978804532621182733
New England3321051191015602827813677
Arizona30411698863592126443364
Kansas City2589778785512722772429
Dallas2508583764491320802441
San Francisco2307863827462518832421
Pittsburgh26810390701422122353265
Buffalo2166871724422117992638
Washington2318070736422119532389
Oakland22486616710462219402674
N.Y. Jets2307872763411618992499
New Orleans2176080743341617772216
Philadelphia2509470802482221873004
Chicago2498669884512920432701
Indianapolis29712372984602725163575
LA Rams2146775666402217932424
Miami2289458723402619882617
Tennessee2378453916662919892337
Carolina2317667835452019242407
Totals808128332458259215915737486832289154
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