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 (2226), Defensive Holding (1656), Roughing the Passer (877), Illegal Contact (615), Face Mask (15 Yards) (573), Illegal Use of Hands (525), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami98570.0210.1660.238
Minnesota99480.0200.1750.236
Cleveland100830.0210.1750.246
Dallas97310.0240.1940.235
Carolina97990.0190.1560.211
Cincinnati101220.0200.1700.224
Arizona101540.0220.1900.226
Tennessee101110.0180.1590.203
San Francisco103050.0190.1620.192
LA Chargers94780.0210.1780.214
Baltimore104540.0220.1900.246
Pittsburgh98790.0210.1850.257
Washington96390.0180.1540.203
Atlanta99790.0180.1490.207
N.Y. Giants100300.0170.1420.209
Oakland96090.0270.2340.298
Indianapolis104310.0190.1510.198
Chicago96220.0170.1260.205
Denver104090.0240.2030.259
LA Rams97480.0210.1760.230
Green Bay104410.0190.1510.209
Philadelphia102050.0230.1940.245
Houston98090.0260.2180.310
Kansas City101600.0200.1680.203
Seattle103120.0230.1910.255
Detroit96190.0250.2060.264
New England111030.0200.1690.239
Tampa Bay96020.0200.1740.195
New Orleans100280.0260.2170.291
Buffalo99160.0220.1910.231
N.Y. Jets98910.0230.1970.254
Jacksonville99590.0190.1620.222
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