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 (2087), Defensive Holding (1513), Roughing the Passer (812), Illegal Contact (585), Face Mask (15 Yards) (538), Illegal Use of Hands (497), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta95570.0240.2000.233
Cleveland89180.0200.1630.203
Minnesota92020.0200.1560.241
Tampa Bay87290.0200.1800.231
Green Bay101380.0250.2100.301
Jacksonville90290.0220.1940.253
Houston99480.0190.1580.204
Seattle97670.0180.1450.208
Denver100720.0220.1940.251
Baltimore100740.0210.1780.281
LA Chargers92740.0230.1980.229
N.Y. Giants94330.0220.1830.243
Cincinnati94140.0210.1810.227
Detroit95110.0200.1630.212
New England107670.0240.2040.263
Arizona92880.0270.2370.295
Kansas City92120.0190.1650.179
Dallas92570.0210.1750.207
San Francisco92010.0170.1400.192
Pittsburgh97430.0200.1720.252
Buffalo88830.0180.1520.218
Washington91130.0210.1810.219
Oakland89500.0220.1890.264
N.Y. Jets95510.0200.1610.212
New Orleans100720.0170.1460.176
Philadelphia96260.0190.1620.227
Chicago88550.0210.1750.232
Indianapolis98840.0240.2020.290
LA Rams87420.0190.1570.223
Miami89460.0200.1700.230
Tennessee86160.0210.1760.214
Carolina94520.0200.1680.199
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