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 (2212), Defensive Holding (1646), Roughing the Passer (875), Illegal Contact (613), Face Mask (15 Yards) (571), Illegal Use of Hands (522), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami97990.0210.1660.236
Minnesota98790.0200.1760.236
Cleveland99950.0210.1730.245
Dallas96730.0240.1950.236
Carolina97350.0190.1560.207
Cincinnati100520.0200.1710.226
Arizona100990.0220.1900.227
Tennessee100670.0180.1590.204
San Francisco102440.0190.1630.193
LA Chargers94110.0210.1790.215
Baltimore103840.0220.1900.245
Pittsburgh98790.0210.1850.257
Washington95780.0180.1540.204
Atlanta99790.0180.1490.207
N.Y. Giants100300.0170.1420.209
Oakland96090.0270.2340.298
Indianapolis103760.0190.1520.199
Chicago95580.0170.1270.205
Denver103430.0240.2030.261
LA Rams96900.0210.1770.231
Green Bay104410.0190.1510.209
Philadelphia101470.0230.1950.246
Houston97410.0260.2190.312
Kansas City101060.0200.1680.203
Seattle103120.0230.1910.255
Detroit95650.0240.2040.264
New England110260.0200.1670.238
Tampa Bay95400.0200.1730.193
New Orleans99640.0250.2150.289
Buffalo98560.0220.1920.231
N.Y. Jets98260.0240.1970.256
Jacksonville98970.0190.1620.223
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