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 (1889), Defensive Holding (1345), Roughing the Passer (727), Illegal Contact (559), Face Mask (15 Yards) (493), Illegal Use of Hands (436), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta88860.0230.1950.226
Cleveland81580.0180.1530.188
Minnesota83970.0190.1500.232
Tampa Bay79550.0200.1790.233
Green Bay94090.0250.2090.304
Jacksonville82120.0220.1920.247
Houston91550.0170.1460.183
Seattle89950.0170.1380.205
Denver92740.0230.1960.251
Baltimore92930.0220.1850.293
LA Chargers85030.0230.1980.226
N.Y. Giants86460.0220.1840.248
Cincinnati87600.0210.1810.231
Detroit87700.0190.1560.202
New England99910.0230.1950.254
Arizona84940.0260.2250.286
Kansas City84820.0190.1670.183
Dallas85200.0210.1780.208
San Francisco84480.0180.1430.196
Pittsburgh89310.0200.1730.248
Buffalo81270.0190.1570.225
Washington83820.0210.1790.214
Oakland82330.0210.1860.257
N.Y. Jets87960.0190.1550.202
New Orleans93110.0180.1510.181
Philadelphia88030.0180.1600.214
Chicago81580.0200.1690.236
Indianapolis91300.0240.2040.294
LA Rams80440.0190.1570.219
Miami81410.0190.1690.224
Tennessee78980.0210.1690.213
Carolina86750.0200.1660.191
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