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 (1963), Defensive Holding (1410), Roughing the Passer (759), Illegal Contact (570), Face Mask (15 Yards) (508), Illegal Use of Hands (461), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami87580.0200.1630.231
Minnesota88650.0200.1720.233
Cleveland89630.0210.1810.254
Dallas86940.0240.1980.231
Carolina88090.0180.1480.208
Cincinnati89270.0190.1640.212
Arizona91260.0210.1870.228
Tennessee89580.0180.1570.208
San Francisco92750.0190.1560.186
LA Chargers84860.0210.1770.208
Baltimore94300.0220.1890.244
Pittsburgh88760.0210.1820.259
Washington85390.0180.1530.199
Atlanta88510.0180.1440.196
N.Y. Giants90830.0170.1430.206
Oakland86910.0280.2400.298
Indianapolis93950.0190.1450.199
Chicago86890.0160.1230.201
Denver93490.0240.2070.270
LA Rams86870.0210.1780.233
Green Bay95180.0190.1490.205
Philadelphia89690.0220.1940.249
Houston87370.0260.2170.311
Kansas City90250.0190.1630.193
Seattle92750.0220.1810.240
Detroit85930.0240.1950.258
New England98670.0210.1730.249
Tampa Bay86110.0200.1730.192
New Orleans88860.0230.2000.262
Buffalo87470.0220.2000.232
N.Y. Jets88260.0230.1940.256
Jacksonville87730.0190.1620.221
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