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 (2268), Defensive Holding (1695), Roughing the Passer (895), Illegal Contact (620), Face Mask (15 Yards) (588), Illegal Use of Hands (536), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami100300.0210.1660.241
Minnesota101420.0200.1750.233
Cleveland102820.0210.1750.244
Dallas99170.0230.1910.231
Carolina100500.0190.1540.209
Cincinnati103540.0200.1690.222
Arizona103410.0210.1880.224
Tennessee102920.0180.1580.203
San Francisco104780.0200.1660.197
LA Chargers96680.0210.1780.216
Baltimore106470.0220.1890.243
Pittsburgh101170.0220.1870.262
Washington98960.0190.1570.212
Atlanta102180.0180.1470.202
N.Y. Giants102930.0170.1470.218
Oakland98390.0270.2340.295
Indianapolis106100.0190.1510.196
Chicago98910.0170.1320.211
Denver105960.0240.2060.259
LA Rams99340.0210.1770.231
Green Bay107200.0190.1530.211
Philadelphia104040.0220.1910.240
Houston100110.0250.2150.304
Kansas City103680.0200.1670.201
Seattle105290.0230.1890.258
Detroit98360.0250.2060.262
New England112980.0200.1670.237
Tampa Bay98310.0200.1720.192
New Orleans102450.0260.2170.291
Buffalo100890.0220.1900.237
N.Y. Jets100840.0230.1930.249
Jacksonville101330.0190.1610.222
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