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 (1500), Roughing the Passer (809), Illegal Contact (583), Face Mask (15 Yards) (535), Illegal Use of Hands (491), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (25), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta95570.0240.2000.233
Cleveland88600.0200.1620.201
Minnesota91410.0200.1550.239
Tampa Bay87290.0200.1800.231
Green Bay100710.0250.2090.302
Jacksonville89610.0220.1920.251
Houston98920.0190.1590.205
Seattle97130.0180.1460.210
Denver100720.0220.1940.251
Baltimore100000.0210.1790.283
LA Chargers92140.0230.1980.229
N.Y. Giants93520.0220.1810.244
Cincinnati93630.0210.1810.228
Detroit94540.0200.1610.212
New England107110.0240.2050.262
Arizona92090.0270.2370.293
Kansas City91490.0190.1650.179
Dallas91970.0210.1730.207
San Francisco91330.0180.1400.193
Pittsburgh96800.0200.1730.254
Buffalo88220.0180.1510.218
Washington90660.0210.1790.217
Oakland88890.0210.1880.259
N.Y. Jets94830.0200.1610.210
New Orleans100080.0170.1460.175
Philadelphia95600.0190.1610.224
Chicago87920.0210.1740.232
Indianapolis98840.0240.2020.290
LA Rams86740.0190.1580.225
Miami88740.0200.1720.232
Tennessee85540.0210.1750.214
Carolina93820.0200.1690.200
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