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 (2068), Defensive Holding (1497), Roughing the Passer (809), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (534), Illegal Use of Hands (491), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami92000.0200.1620.232
Minnesota92200.0200.1760.239
Cleveland93680.0210.1790.252
Dallas91320.0240.1970.232
Carolina91840.0180.1490.207
Cincinnati94410.0200.1690.220
Arizona94960.0210.1880.229
Tennessee93530.0180.1610.209
San Francisco96420.0190.1560.186
LA Chargers88670.0210.1790.218
Baltimore98250.0220.1880.243
Pittsburgh92370.0210.1830.259
Washington90550.0180.1540.200
Atlanta92830.0180.1450.197
N.Y. Giants94680.0170.1420.207
Oakland90630.0270.2370.294
Indianapolis97610.0190.1450.195
Chicago90710.0160.1250.202
Denver97690.0240.2080.270
LA Rams90900.0210.1800.237
Green Bay99000.0190.1460.200
Philadelphia93700.0230.1940.248
Houston91630.0260.2210.319
Kansas City94360.0190.1650.199
Seattle97410.0220.1850.245
Detroit90540.0240.1970.261
New England102440.0200.1720.250
Tampa Bay90370.0190.1700.190
New Orleans93110.0250.2110.274
Buffalo92120.0220.1960.229
N.Y. Jets92010.0230.1960.255
Jacksonville91250.0190.1630.220
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