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 (1645), Roughing the Passer (875), Illegal Contact (612), Face Mask (15 Yards) (571), Illegal Use of Hands (522), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta102730.0240.1990.230
Cleveland94790.0200.1640.204
Minnesota98740.0200.1560.248
Tampa Bay92340.0210.1870.237
Green Bay106110.0250.2060.297
Jacksonville97500.0210.1860.242
Houston104650.0190.1640.207
Seattle102390.0180.1460.206
Denver105950.0230.1950.251
Baltimore106740.0210.1750.276
LA Chargers97770.0220.1930.225
N.Y. Giants99400.0220.1820.242
Cincinnati99310.0210.1870.234
Detroit99440.0200.1670.215
New England115250.0240.2050.275
Arizona97220.0270.2360.297
Kansas City97750.0200.1690.182
Dallas97500.0210.1790.212
San Francisco96650.0180.1490.198
Pittsburgh103380.0210.1750.254
Buffalo94500.0180.1530.218
Washington95630.0210.1800.218
Oakland94590.0220.1870.260
N.Y. Jets100360.0200.1600.209
New Orleans106400.0170.1450.175
Philadelphia103550.0200.1690.233
Chicago92860.0220.1800.241
Indianapolis104280.0240.2040.292
LA Rams93220.0190.1590.231
Miami94020.0200.1690.227
Tennessee92140.0210.1720.209
Carolina99600.0200.1670.200
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