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 (2005), Defensive Holding (1438), Roughing the Passer (781), Illegal Contact (578), Face Mask (15 Yards) (521), Illegal Use of Hands (471), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (22), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta93190.0230.1920.225
Cleveland86240.0200.1630.201
Minnesota88610.0200.1540.239
Tampa Bay84560.0200.1810.231
Green Bay98230.0250.2120.307
Jacksonville86980.0220.1940.252
Houston96210.0180.1530.199
Seattle94650.0170.1420.205
Denver97270.0230.1960.255
Baltimore97530.0210.1770.280
LA Chargers89350.0230.2020.233
N.Y. Giants90930.0220.1840.246
Cincinnati91380.0210.1820.230
Detroit92200.0190.1580.205
New England104630.0240.2030.259
Arizona89600.0270.2340.294
Kansas City89040.0200.1670.183
Dallas89590.0210.1730.203
San Francisco89270.0170.1410.191
Pittsburgh94620.0200.1720.247
Buffalo85610.0180.1520.220
Washington88210.0210.1780.214
Oakland86340.0210.1870.258
N.Y. Jets92860.0190.1590.208
New Orleans97740.0170.1460.176
Philadelphia92680.0190.1620.223
Chicago85740.0210.1720.234
Indianapolis96350.0240.2030.294
LA Rams84440.0180.1550.216
Miami86200.0200.1730.229
Tennessee83950.0210.1740.213
Carolina92020.0200.1650.193
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