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 (2460), Defensive Holding (1915), Roughing the Passer (1001), Illegal Contact (650), Face Mask (15 Yards) (641), Illegal Use of Hands (586), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2719386847513423022784
Cleveland2137270646401417672170
Minnesota2346872865491917892759
Tampa Bay2258469683472820312547
Green Bay29389951034562924423515
Jacksonville2319266694442120432600
Houston2337974754451719532431
Seattle2167069697371817712532
Denver25910075804472022432866
Baltimore2427576873552720763187
LA Chargers2488980734471821582473
N.Y. Giants2368873676381819512609
Cincinnati2338463796533120532527
Detroit2277769774512518902489
New England313101113925542426203504
Arizona28811193812552025043096
Kansas City2328771695442320452150
Dallas2378080714461319802325
San Francisco2117160746412417352218
Pittsburgh2499785621371920672970
Buffalo2056667683402017092461
Washington2207569705402018612266
Oakland21282566410432118382555
N.Y. Jets2157367713381417662315
New Orleans2075875713341617102125
Philadelphia2298763751442020032718
Chicago2358366804482719492595
Indianapolis28111769923562423913368
LA Rams2026570616362016872337
Miami2048254643352217642322
Tennessee2227450896642718282168
Carolina2247365815442018702298
Totals754726422310241614214596936379683280
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