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 (2338), Defensive Holding (1774), Roughing the Passer (924), Illegal Contact (628), Face Mask (15 Yards) (608), Illegal Use of Hands (553), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami102990.0210.1720.246
Minnesota103810.0200.1740.236
Cleveland105620.0210.1780.244
Dallas101410.0240.1950.234
Carolina102840.0190.1560.214
Cincinnati105870.0200.1660.218
Arizona106010.0220.1910.227
Tennessee105490.0180.1550.201
San Francisco107370.0200.1680.204
LA Chargers98910.0210.1800.219
Baltimore108770.0230.1940.247
Pittsburgh103480.0210.1840.258
Washington101490.0190.1570.212
Atlanta104760.0180.1520.206
N.Y. Giants105540.0180.1500.220
Oakland101090.0270.2340.297
Indianapolis108470.0190.1520.195
Chicago101500.0170.1300.207
Denver108640.0240.2110.259
LA Rams101940.0210.1790.235
Green Bay109710.0190.1520.208
Philadelphia106700.0220.1890.239
Houston102530.0250.2170.309
Kansas City106470.0200.1700.205
Seattle107740.0230.1940.263
Detroit100860.0250.2110.269
New England115250.0200.1680.237
Tampa Bay100920.0190.1710.190
New Orleans105020.0260.2180.290
Buffalo103120.0220.1930.238
N.Y. Jets103330.0240.1980.254
Jacksonville103760.0190.1620.223
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