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 (2268), Defensive Holding (1695), Roughing the Passer (895), Illegal Contact (620), Face Mask (15 Yards) (588), Illegal Use of Hands (536), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta105270.0240.1990.236
Cleveland97200.0200.1640.204
Minnesota101140.0210.1590.251
Tampa Bay96050.0210.1890.238
Green Bay109050.0240.2020.290
Jacksonville100200.0210.1840.237
Houston107010.0200.1660.210
Seattle105080.0180.1500.215
Denver108350.0220.1940.248
Baltimore109330.0210.1770.279
LA Chargers99960.0220.1910.222
N.Y. Giants101770.0220.1850.245
Cincinnati101450.0210.1850.231
Detroit102630.0200.1690.223
New England117950.0240.2020.271
Arizona99730.0270.2350.295
Kansas City100130.0200.1710.182
Dallas99980.0210.1770.208
San Francisco99630.0190.1510.198
Pittsburgh106000.0210.1740.252
Buffalo97220.0190.1540.218
Washington98780.0210.1800.219
Oakland96910.0210.1830.254
N.Y. Jets102770.0190.1590.209
New Orleans109760.0170.1440.175
Philadelphia105910.0190.1680.234
Chicago95980.0220.1820.247
Indianapolis106710.0240.2030.291
LA Rams95810.0190.1560.226
Miami96420.0200.1700.223
Tennessee94720.0210.1690.206
Carolina102530.0200.1650.198
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