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 (2710), Defensive Holding (2083), Roughing the Passer (1092), Illegal Contact (683), Face Mask (15 Yards) (674), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2929989967573624923008
Cleveland2367875748471619342378
Minnesota2597878945542219862996
Tampa Bay2479276744503122132897
Green Bay317921021156633226113730
Jacksonville24910070727452121752787
Houston2528680814501821222593
Seattle2307673737412119342695
Denver28811081925542424593160
Baltimore2547982893562721723366
LA Chargers2699985785522023562706
N.Y. Giants2549279756452221092767
Cincinnati2609573847573322942801
Detroit2559180804532621572771
New England3341071191015602828013692
Arizona30711799873602226763387
Kansas City2609878786512722882441
Dallas2558786764491321102466
San Francisco2337864847482619062478
Pittsburgh26810390701422122353265
Buffalo2226973754442218632714
Washington2348170756432119712413
Las Vegas23086647010482219832767
N.Y. Jets2367975774421819662588
New Orleans2216281753351718162284
Philadelphia2519471802482221973019
Chicago2518869884512920632728
Indianapolis304125731015632825653631
LA Rams2146775666402217932424
Miami2329658734412720242669
Tennessee2438555946662920222408
Carolina2337667855452019312439
Totals819028652490263216316007636922490468
Loading Facebook Comments...