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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta91350.0230.1930.226
Cleveland84880.0190.1600.196
Minnesota87230.0200.1520.235
Tampa Bay82700.0200.1780.231
Green Bay97000.0250.2110.306
Jacksonville85390.0220.1910.249
Houston94200.0180.1500.195
Seattle92660.0170.1390.202
Denver95360.0230.1970.256
Baltimore96140.0210.1800.284
LA Chargers88170.0230.2020.230
N.Y. Giants89640.0220.1850.249
Cincinnati89980.0210.1830.232
Detroit90350.0200.1620.209
New England103140.0240.2020.258
Arizona88140.0270.2300.291
Kansas City87900.0200.1670.183
Dallas87720.0210.1750.206
San Francisco87320.0180.1430.194
Pittsburgh92710.0200.1700.246
Buffalo83830.0180.1530.221
Washington85680.0210.1780.211
Oakland85130.0210.1880.259
N.Y. Jets91020.0190.1550.201
New Orleans95810.0170.1480.178
Philadelphia90740.0180.1590.218
Chicago84520.0210.1720.236
Indianapolis94470.0240.2040.293
LA Rams83170.0190.1570.217
Miami84390.0200.1750.232
Tennessee81990.0210.1710.213
Carolina90050.0200.1670.195
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