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 (2379), Defensive Holding (1806), Roughing the Passer (942), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (558), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta108970.0240.2010.237
Cleveland100610.0200.1680.206
Minnesota104710.0210.1570.247
Tampa Bay99770.0220.1940.244
Green Bay112920.0250.2030.292
Jacksonville103630.0210.1860.237
Houston111610.0200.1660.209
Seattle109390.0190.1510.222
Denver112220.0220.1930.245
Baltimore114130.0210.1750.274
LA Chargers104850.0220.1950.222
N.Y. Giants105570.0220.1800.240
Cincinnati105060.0210.1860.231
Detroit106420.0210.1730.230
New England123730.0240.2030.271
Arizona103220.0270.2350.293
Kansas City105240.0200.1780.188
Dallas105330.0210.1770.210
San Francisco103330.0200.1620.205
Pittsburgh109950.0210.1780.257
Buffalo100960.0190.1600.233
Washington102020.0210.1790.216
Oakland100590.0210.1790.249
N.Y. Jets106410.0190.1580.208
New Orleans114580.0180.1450.180
Philadelphia110870.0200.1720.237
Chicago100420.0220.1840.249
Indianapolis111950.0240.2060.287
LA Rams101370.0190.1590.221
Miami99450.0200.1710.224
Tennessee98080.0210.1710.208
Carolina106530.0200.1690.206
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