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 (2598), Defensive Holding (2008), Roughing the Passer (1053), Illegal Contact (661), Face Mask (15 Yards) (657), Illegal Use of Hands (620), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (36), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2849588937553624192902
Cleveland2257574696431418482293
Minnesota2477275925522118892874
Tampa Bay2399073714493021592725
Green Bay31091981136623225563673
Jacksonville2389368716442120862645
Houston2458477794481820632541
Seattle2237372707381918552620
Denver27610777884522223743056
Baltimore2507780893562721403301
LA Chargers2599483755492022652608
N.Y. Giants2439075706412020162673
Cincinnati2519171826563222192719
Detroit2468577804532620722673
New England323103117965572727133574
Arizona29711495843582125893282
Kansas City2418973745482421232209
Dallas2498583754481320732437
San Francisco2267662808452418372366
Pittsburgh26110088681422121933190
Buffalo2166871724422117992638
Washington2267770725412119112337
Oakland21785566610452218872605
N.Y. Jets2297872753411618962485
New Orleans2105975733341617302144
Philadelphia2419166782462120882872
Chicago2458568864502820092665
Indianapolis29212171973602724883528
LA Rams2106773646382117532396
Miami2229356693382519372564
Tennessee2308150906652819092283
Carolina2307666835452019162378
Totals790127652400254415315417346681287256
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