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 (2263), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (584), Illegal Use of Hands (533), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami100300.0210.1660.241
Minnesota100710.0200.1750.234
Cleveland102820.0210.1750.244
Dallas98620.0230.1920.232
Carolina99860.0190.1550.210
Cincinnati102790.0200.1700.223
Arizona102730.0220.1890.226
Tennessee102320.0180.1580.201
San Francisco104780.0200.1660.197
LA Chargers96160.0210.1780.215
Baltimore105930.0220.1890.245
Pittsburgh100500.0220.1870.263
Washington98380.0180.1550.210
Atlanta101550.0180.1470.203
N.Y. Giants102250.0180.1470.218
Oakland97870.0270.2340.296
Indianapolis105510.0190.1520.197
Chicago98290.0170.1320.210
Denver105240.0240.2060.261
LA Rams99340.0210.1770.231
Green Bay106510.0190.1520.207
Philadelphia103350.0220.1920.242
Houston99380.0250.2150.306
Kansas City103680.0200.1670.201
Seattle104810.0230.1900.259
Detroit97790.0250.2070.264
New England112980.0200.1670.237
Tampa Bay97790.0200.1730.193
New Orleans101970.0260.2160.290
Buffalo100890.0220.1900.237
N.Y. Jets100840.0230.1930.249
Jacksonville100730.0190.1600.220
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