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 (1954), Defensive Holding (1396), Roughing the Passer (753), Illegal Contact (566), Face Mask (15 Yards) (501), Illegal Use of Hands (455), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta90790.0230.1940.227
Cleveland84210.0190.1590.197
Minnesota86590.0200.1520.236
Tampa Bay82000.0200.1800.233
Green Bay96500.0250.2100.305
Jacksonville84740.0220.1920.248
Houston94200.0180.1500.195
Seattle91950.0170.1370.202
Denver94770.0230.1980.256
Baltimore95500.0210.1800.285
LA Chargers87620.0230.2000.228
N.Y. Giants89070.0220.1820.247
Cincinnati89470.0210.1830.233
Detroit90350.0200.1620.209
New England102470.0240.2010.257
Arizona87670.0270.2310.292
Kansas City87300.0200.1670.183
Dallas87020.0210.1760.205
San Francisco86670.0180.1410.194
Pittsburgh92030.0200.1700.244
Buffalo83160.0180.1540.223
Washington85680.0210.1780.211
Oakland84400.0210.1850.253
N.Y. Jets90500.0190.1540.200
New Orleans95060.0170.1490.179
Philadelphia90740.0180.1590.218
Chicago84150.0210.1730.237
Indianapolis93800.0240.2050.295
LA Rams82390.0190.1570.218
Miami83740.0190.1700.225
Tennessee81310.0210.1720.215
Carolina89360.0200.1670.195
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