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 (1955), Defensive Holding (1398), Roughing the Passer (754), Illegal Contact (567), Face Mask (15 Yards) (502), Illegal Use of Hands (455), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami87060.0200.1610.230
Minnesota88010.0200.1720.233
Cleveland88950.0210.1830.256
Dallas86290.0240.1970.231
Carolina87720.0180.1480.209
Cincinnati88590.0190.1640.210
Arizona90480.0210.1870.229
Tennessee88910.0180.1560.208
San Francisco92050.0190.1560.186
LA Chargers84270.0210.1780.207
Baltimore93660.0220.1890.245
Pittsburgh88250.0210.1820.260
Washington85390.0180.1530.199
Atlanta87840.0170.1420.194
N.Y. Giants90120.0170.1420.206
Oakland86910.0280.2400.298
Indianapolis93300.0190.1450.198
Chicago86200.0160.1220.200
Denver92940.0240.2050.268
LA Rams86400.0210.1790.234
Green Bay94430.0190.1500.206
Philadelphia89690.0220.1940.249
Houston87370.0260.2170.311
Kansas City90250.0190.1630.193
Seattle92180.0210.1780.237
Detroit85930.0240.1950.258
New England98110.0210.1740.250
Tampa Bay85440.0200.1740.193
New Orleans88360.0230.1990.260
Buffalo86770.0230.2010.234
N.Y. Jets87610.0220.1890.250
Jacksonville87060.0200.1640.222
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