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 (1850), Defensive Holding (1309), Roughing the Passer (717), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (489), Illegal Use of Hands (428), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami84090.0200.1600.232
Minnesota84340.0190.1690.227
Cleveland85330.0210.1830.251
Dallas83020.0240.1930.225
Carolina84270.0180.1480.207
Cincinnati85440.0190.1600.203
Arizona86570.0220.1920.235
Tennessee85010.0180.1570.205
San Francisco87800.0180.1500.180
San Diego80470.0210.1790.212
Baltimore89720.0220.1860.242
Pittsburgh83970.0220.1870.265
Washington82360.0180.1540.203
Atlanta83070.0170.1330.190
N.Y. Giants86020.0170.1410.198
Oakland82570.0290.2500.308
Indianapolis89330.0180.1390.194
Chicago82490.0160.1200.202
Denver90020.0240.2070.268
Los Angeles82520.0210.1800.235
Green Bay90020.0190.1530.206
Philadelphia86010.0220.1930.241
Houston83780.0250.2150.312
Kansas City85710.0180.1520.177
Seattle89010.0210.1730.238
Detroit82210.0240.1990.260
New England93000.0200.1720.250
Tampa Bay82100.0200.1720.196
New Orleans85190.0230.2000.263
Buffalo83540.0220.1970.234
N.Y. Jets83630.0220.1870.244
Jacksonville83170.0200.1620.224
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