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 (2164), Defensive Holding (1595), Roughing the Passer (845), Illegal Contact (602), Face Mask (15 Yards) (554), Illegal Use of Hands (506), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta100130.0230.1960.227
Cleveland92570.0200.1640.202
Minnesota96070.0210.1590.253
Tampa Bay90420.0210.1860.236
Green Bay103950.0250.2090.299
Jacksonville94900.0220.1890.247
Houston101860.0190.1610.203
Seattle99940.0180.1470.208
Denver103440.0220.1930.247
Baltimore103740.0210.1780.282
LA Chargers95410.0230.1960.227
N.Y. Giants97030.0220.1830.244
Cincinnati96870.0210.1870.236
Detroit97640.0200.1670.217
New England112610.0240.2050.272
Arizona95140.0270.2360.297
Kansas City95130.0200.1670.179
Dallas94950.0210.1780.213
San Francisco94510.0180.1450.195
Pittsburgh100910.0210.1730.252
Buffalo92090.0190.1530.220
Washington93810.0210.1800.215
Oakland91900.0220.1900.261
N.Y. Jets98560.0200.1600.210
New Orleans104330.0170.1450.174
Philadelphia100790.0190.1650.231
Chicago90950.0210.1760.236
Indianapolis101420.0240.2040.292
LA Rams90610.0190.1560.233
Miami91830.0200.1690.228
Tennessee89940.0210.1710.208
Carolina97680.0200.1690.202
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