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 (2379), Defensive Holding (1808), Roughing the Passer (942), Illegal Contact (635), Face Mask (15 Yards) (615), Illegal Use of Hands (559), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami104200.0210.1730.247
Minnesota105130.0210.1780.239
Cleveland106810.0210.1790.246
Dallas104110.0240.1940.231
Carolina103830.0180.1540.212
Cincinnati107190.0190.1650.216
Arizona107290.0220.1900.227
Tennessee106800.0180.1560.200
San Francisco108680.0200.1690.204
LA Chargers101620.0210.1770.215
Baltimore110560.0230.1950.248
Pittsburgh104550.0210.1830.261
Washington102750.0180.1560.210
Atlanta106160.0180.1540.207
N.Y. Giants106880.0180.1510.221
Oakland102250.0270.2340.295
Indianapolis111000.0190.1490.192
Chicago103200.0170.1290.211
Denver109750.0250.2130.259
LA Rams104920.0220.1830.239
Green Bay111000.0190.1530.209
Philadelphia109110.0220.1880.238
Houston104400.0250.2170.308
Kansas City109340.0200.1700.206
Seattle109660.0230.1930.260
Detroit102000.0250.2090.266
New England118090.0200.1730.241
Tampa Bay102180.0190.1710.190
New Orleans107560.0260.2210.296
Buffalo104460.0220.1910.236
N.Y. Jets104760.0240.2010.260
Jacksonville104930.0200.1650.227
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