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 (2474), Defensive Holding (1930), Roughing the Passer (1013), Illegal Contact (651), Face Mask (15 Yards) (643), Illegal Use of Hands (590), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (28), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2318266792451918692652
Minnesota2327671805472619892699
Cleveland2417783754502920272753
Dallas2597891797482521222598
Carolina2016962663421916912310
Cincinnati2166970722432018282373
Arizona2388878675422921052482
Tennessee2018654565351617362322
San Francisco2237072783512619062299
LA Chargers2206657906582218252257
Baltimore2679095756492023272905
Pittsburgh2348585586321720552852
Washington2048365551301416912255
Atlanta2126366754441717792321
N.Y. Giants2027266558332016992451
Oakland28910487935633125293215
Indianapolis2147758743401917382185
Chicago1874665741371414232266
Denver28610291874551824893008
LA Rams2368270785472420002599
Green Bay2218865625291317572381
Philadelphia2548279884563021602695
Houston2808895915602823933384
Kansas City23910159752442220362467
Seattle2617783964612821772932
Detroit26710174873492322482815
New England2548880841502021432970
Tampa Bay2128360636341918552078
New Orleans291100899111512024523240
Buffalo2369770672472320872569
N.Y. Jets2699273939572822662917
Jacksonville2199250715412018562533
Totals759626542329243414214706996425883783
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