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 (1850), Defensive Holding (1309), Roughing the Passer (717), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (489), Illegal Use of Hands (428), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta86590.0230.1980.227
Cleveland80300.0180.1510.187
Minnesota82740.0190.1500.232
Tampa Bay78880.0200.1790.234
Green Bay92030.0250.2080.307
Jacksonville80910.0220.1910.245
Houston90240.0170.1370.175
Seattle88680.0170.1390.206
Denver91330.0230.1950.251
Baltimore91650.0220.1860.295
San Diego83930.0220.1960.221
N.Y. Giants85380.0220.1860.249
Cincinnati86400.0210.1810.231
Detroit86450.0200.1570.205
New England96810.0230.1940.254
Arizona83620.0270.2240.287
Kansas City83660.0200.1680.183
Dallas83830.0210.1780.207
San Francisco82720.0180.1400.194
Pittsburgh87410.0200.1700.239
Buffalo80040.0190.1580.226
Washington82530.0210.1790.214
Oakland81150.0210.1850.255
N.Y. Jets86870.0190.1560.204
New Orleans91890.0180.1510.180
Philadelphia86690.0180.1590.216
Chicago80330.0200.1700.239
Indianapolis90110.0240.2060.297
Los Angeles78710.0180.1550.221
Miami80730.0200.1700.226
Tennessee77710.0210.1720.217
Carolina85460.0200.1650.192
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