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 (1784), Defensive Holding (1255), Roughing the Passer (692), Illegal Contact (550), Face Mask (15 Yards) (470), Illegal Use of Hands (418), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta83470.0230.1980.226
Cleveland77800.0180.1470.183
Minnesota80190.0190.1510.234
Tampa Bay76450.0200.1810.235
Green Bay88270.0250.2080.311
Jacksonville78370.0210.1870.236
Houston86120.0150.1250.169
Seattle84760.0170.1390.205
Denver88840.0230.1970.254
Baltimore88980.0220.1900.302
San Diego81450.0230.2010.226
N.Y. Giants81940.0230.1930.258
Cincinnati83840.0210.1840.231
Detroit83360.0190.1550.197
New England93430.0230.1940.249
Arizona81210.0260.2210.286
Kansas City80720.0190.1640.180
Dallas80780.0210.1790.202
San Francisco80330.0180.1420.198
Pittsburgh83580.0200.1720.239
Buffalo77380.0190.1610.231
Washington80280.0210.1810.213
Oakland77910.0210.1850.256
N.Y. Jets83660.0190.1600.209
New Orleans89060.0180.1500.180
Philadelphia83820.0180.1570.212
Chicago77940.0200.1680.240
Indianapolis86920.0240.2030.290
Los Angeles76340.0180.1520.219
Miami77840.0200.1730.229
Tennessee75170.0220.1750.219
Carolina82730.0200.1690.196
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