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 (2179), Defensive Holding (1605), Roughing the Passer (853), Illegal Contact (603), Face Mask (15 Yards) (556), Illegal Use of Hands (511), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami96020.0200.1640.233
Minnesota97140.0200.1770.238
Cleveland97630.0210.1760.249
Dallas94970.0240.1970.237
Carolina96140.0190.1570.208
Cincinnati98590.0200.1690.227
Arizona98750.0220.1910.230
Tennessee98550.0180.1600.206
San Francisco100580.0190.1640.195
LA Chargers92310.0210.1780.213
Baltimore102090.0220.1920.247
Pittsburgh96080.0210.1830.256
Washington94560.0180.1550.205
Atlanta97910.0180.1470.204
N.Y. Giants98280.0170.1410.208
Oakland94150.0270.2370.298
Indianapolis101570.0190.1510.200
Chicago94230.0170.1270.205
Denver101380.0240.2060.264
LA Rams95040.0210.1760.230
Green Bay102730.0190.1490.208
Philadelphia99540.0230.1950.247
Houston95400.0260.2210.317
Kansas City98900.0200.1670.200
Seattle101380.0220.1870.253
Detroit93770.0240.2040.264
New England107770.0200.1670.241
Tampa Bay93550.0190.1700.189
New Orleans98450.0260.2170.291
Buffalo96720.0220.1910.229
N.Y. Jets96140.0240.1970.257
Jacksonville97050.0190.1610.223
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