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 (2662), 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
Miami2518670893532520532886
Minnesota2417973845492720642787
Cleveland2598586824533021782996
Dallas2718095857522622192738
Carolina2147267713462117882460
Cincinnati2267371772462119102479
Arizona2559386715452922382668
Tennessee2198963616391718712524
San Francisco2437774875562820512534
LA Chargers2357261947602219392401
Baltimore28293988010522424493054
Pittsburgh2488989646361821603014
Washington2148669581311417802339
Atlanta2207066764451818682449
N.Y. Giants2197868639392218282624
Oakland31411991986683427683472
Indianapolis2258061793432018152315
Chicago1974969762381515052352
Denver29710695904571925783098
LA Rams2508577825502421372729
Green Bay2309166675321518342481
Philadelphia2678782934603322742826
Houston29393100945623025123537
Kansas City26011064813472422182701
Seattle27783891013642923273162
Detroit28210778923532523692957
New England2739689861512023103164
Tampa Bay2309065678382120142333
New Orleans3191109510014552226793514
Buffalo25310774702482322152696
N.Y. Jets2849974999603123853144
Jacksonville2329953745442019762700
Totals808028332458259115915727476831289134
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