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
Atlanta2789487897523523542815
Cleveland2197471676421417992208
Minnesota2437173915512018602826
Tampa Bay2378972714493021392699
Green Bay30290971094593125083608
Jacksonville2349367704442120662616
Houston2428375794481820362526
Seattle2227372697371818442615
Denver27110476874522223403000
Baltimore2457776883562721083237
LA Chargers2599483755492022652608
N.Y. Giants2429074706412020092669
Cincinnati2458770816553221682645
Detroit2398275784512520002620
New England319102115955562626733547
Arizona29511494833572125653251
Kansas City2398973725462321042192
Dallas2448281754481320282391
San Francisco2227662786442418222329
Pittsburgh2589988661402121683145
Buffalo2116771693412017572541
Washington2237669715402018902301
Oakland21785566610452218872605
N.Y. Jets2257870733391418522452
New Orleans2085975713341617202133
Philadelphia2378966772462120632827
Chicago2428567844482719852645
Indianapolis29012070973602724733470
LA Rams2066671636372017182379
Miami2128756653362318502420
Tennessee2298050906652818992267
Carolina2257365825452018762303
Totals778027282367250114615137196582685890
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