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 (2130), Defensive Holding (1559), Roughing the Passer (824), Illegal Contact (591), Face Mask (15 Yards) (548), Illegal Use of Hands (502), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta98880.0230.1960.226
Cleveland90380.0200.1620.200
Minnesota94680.0210.1600.255
Tampa Bay89220.0210.1830.233
Green Bay102660.0250.2090.300
Jacksonville93590.0220.1910.250
Houston100530.0190.1580.203
Seattle98750.0180.1470.209
Denver102080.0220.1930.249
Baltimore102190.0210.1770.278
LA Chargers94120.0230.1970.229
N.Y. Giants95740.0220.1810.241
Cincinnati95670.0210.1840.231
Detroit96240.0200.1640.215
New England110560.0250.2060.275
Arizona94200.0270.2380.300
Kansas City94040.0200.1680.180
Dallas93880.0210.1760.213
San Francisco93300.0170.1390.190
Pittsburgh99370.0200.1720.252
Buffalo90880.0190.1530.221
Washington92350.0210.1790.216
Oakland90660.0220.1880.262
N.Y. Jets96710.0200.1610.213
New Orleans103130.0170.1440.173
Philadelphia98690.0190.1630.230
Chicago89670.0210.1750.233
Indianapolis100050.0240.2030.288
LA Rams89340.0190.1550.225
Miami90670.0190.1680.228
Tennessee88700.0210.1740.211
Carolina96420.0200.1700.202
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