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 (2015), Defensive Holding (1451), Roughing the Passer (787), Illegal Contact (579), Face Mask (15 Yards) (522), Illegal Use of Hands (476), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami90110.0200.1610.228
Minnesota90530.0200.1720.234
Cleveland91660.0210.1810.256
Dallas89310.0240.1980.233
Carolina89840.0180.1470.205
Cincinnati92390.0200.1660.213
Arizona93260.0210.1850.226
Tennessee91540.0180.1570.208
San Francisco94770.0190.1560.186
LA Chargers87110.0210.1780.211
Baltimore96150.0220.1850.239
Pittsburgh90610.0210.1830.258
Washington88640.0180.1540.200
Atlanta91000.0180.1450.198
N.Y. Giants92730.0170.1420.205
Oakland88740.0270.2380.297
Indianapolis95770.0190.1460.199
Chicago88720.0160.1250.205
Denver95950.0240.2090.269
LA Rams88910.0210.1810.235
Green Bay96990.0190.1480.204
Philadelphia92180.0220.1930.246
Houston89820.0260.2190.315
Kansas City92280.0190.1630.195
Seattle95350.0230.1880.250
Detroit88490.0240.1990.261
New England100500.0200.1720.248
Tampa Bay88580.0190.1710.190
New Orleans91200.0230.2020.260
Buffalo90180.0230.1990.233
N.Y. Jets90230.0230.1960.256
Jacksonville89320.0190.1600.219
Loading Facebook Comments...