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 (1889), Defensive Holding (1345), Roughing the Passer (727), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (493), Illegal Use of Hands (436), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami84630.0200.1610.231
Minnesota85620.0200.1730.236
Cleveland86550.0210.1820.253
Dallas84280.0240.1930.226
Carolina85320.0180.1470.205
Cincinnati86660.0190.1620.205
Arizona87960.0210.1900.232
Tennessee86250.0180.1560.205
San Francisco89820.0180.1520.182
LA Chargers81830.0210.1780.210
Baltimore90960.0220.1880.243
Pittsburgh85900.0210.1850.264
Washington83500.0180.1530.200
Atlanta85950.0170.1390.192
N.Y. Giants87290.0170.1390.197
Oakland83740.0280.2470.304
Indianapolis90620.0180.1410.193
Chicago83710.0160.1220.203
Denver91240.0240.2090.273
LA Rams84430.0210.1810.236
Green Bay91760.0190.1510.204
Philadelphia87130.0220.1920.239
Houston85000.0250.2150.314
Kansas City87140.0180.1570.181
Seattle90230.0210.1750.238
Detroit83430.0240.1980.259
New England95410.0200.1700.247
Tampa Bay82720.0200.1710.195
New Orleans86540.0230.1990.260
Buffalo84750.0220.1960.232
N.Y. Jets84900.0220.1870.245
Jacksonville84500.0200.1690.229
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