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 (2128), Defensive Holding (1559), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (547), Illegal Use of Hands (501), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami93980.0210.1670.236
Minnesota94560.0200.1740.236
Cleveland95590.0210.1770.250
Dallas93020.0240.1990.239
Carolina94360.0190.1550.208
Cincinnati96350.0200.1680.223
Arizona96640.0210.1890.230
Tennessee96790.0180.1590.207
San Francisco98460.0190.1590.190
LA Chargers90440.0210.1780.216
Baltimore100170.0220.1880.244
Pittsburgh94690.0210.1810.256
Washington92790.0180.1550.201
Atlanta95850.0180.1440.201
N.Y. Giants96540.0170.1420.210
Oakland92520.0270.2390.294
Indianapolis99590.0190.1470.196
Chicago92520.0170.1270.207
Denver99530.0240.2070.267
LA Rams93450.0210.1760.232
Green Bay100850.0190.1470.202
Philadelphia96360.0230.1950.245
Houston93510.0260.2240.321
Kansas City96790.0190.1640.198
Seattle99450.0220.1860.253
Detroit92580.0240.2010.263
New England104950.0200.1700.247
Tampa Bay92210.0190.1690.188
New Orleans96630.0250.2130.282
Buffalo94780.0220.1930.231
N.Y. Jets94150.0230.1970.258
Jacksonville94620.0190.1580.213
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