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 (2326), Defensive Holding (1755), Roughing the Passer (919), Illegal Contact (627), Face Mask (15 Yards) (604), Illegal Use of Hands (553), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta107080.0240.2020.237
Cleveland98780.0200.1660.207
Minnesota102980.0210.1570.247
Tampa Bay97990.0210.1900.243
Green Bay110910.0250.2040.290
Jacksonville102060.0210.1860.238
Houston109050.0200.1670.208
Seattle106820.0190.1510.221
Denver110160.0220.1940.247
Baltimore111470.0210.1760.277
LA Chargers102450.0220.1920.221
N.Y. Giants103650.0220.1830.244
Cincinnati103390.0210.1860.230
Detroit104460.0210.1720.231
New England120080.0240.2040.274
Arizona101400.0270.2360.294
Kansas City102850.0200.1790.188
Dallas102260.0210.1770.210
San Francisco101630.0190.1560.201
Pittsburgh107970.0210.1770.256
Buffalo99130.0190.1600.229
Washington100380.0210.1810.219
Oakland98780.0210.1810.251
N.Y. Jets104570.0190.1580.208
New Orleans111420.0180.1440.177
Philadelphia107710.0200.1730.238
Chicago97980.0220.1830.250
Indianapolis108730.0240.2040.288
LA Rams97810.0190.1590.227
Miami97880.0200.1730.226
Tennessee96410.0210.1720.211
Carolina104440.0200.1670.199
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