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 (1788), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (693), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (471), Illegal Use of Hands (418), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami80680.0200.1610.232
Minnesota81840.0190.1690.226
Cleveland82630.0220.1860.254
Dallas79720.0240.1970.226
Carolina81780.0190.1510.213
Cincinnati82980.0180.1550.200
Arizona83830.0210.1900.231
Tennessee82380.0180.1560.207
San Francisco85130.0190.1520.183
San Diego77930.0200.1740.209
Baltimore87040.0220.1860.242
Pittsburgh80330.0220.1870.263
Washington79530.0180.1550.200
Atlanta79880.0170.1360.197
N.Y. Giants82990.0170.1390.196
Oakland80140.0290.2500.309
Indianapolis86680.0180.1370.196
Chicago79990.0150.1150.189
Denver87400.0240.2090.271
Los Angeles79990.0210.1780.235
Green Bay86050.0190.1550.211
Philadelphia83570.0220.1940.237
Houston80090.0250.2120.302
Kansas City83210.0180.1540.179
Seattle85550.0210.1720.241
Detroit79150.0250.2010.263
New England89930.0210.1750.258
Tampa Bay79470.0200.1760.199
New Orleans82830.0230.1980.258
Buffalo80990.0230.2020.240
N.Y. Jets81300.0220.1880.241
Jacksonville80420.0190.1600.226
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