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)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami95280.0200.1650.233
Minnesota96510.0200.1770.238
Cleveland97000.0210.1770.250
Dallas94300.0240.1980.237
Carolina95530.0190.1570.209
Cincinnati97930.0200.1690.228
Arizona98060.0220.1910.230
Tennessee97990.0180.1610.207
San Francisco99900.0190.1600.191
LA Chargers91590.0210.1760.214
Baltimore101480.0220.1910.247
Pittsburgh96080.0210.1830.256
Washington93900.0180.1560.205
Atlanta97140.0180.1470.204
N.Y. Giants97660.0170.1410.209
Oakland93760.0270.2380.300
Indianapolis100800.0190.1480.198
Chicago93750.0170.1260.205
Denver100680.0240.2070.266
LA Rams94520.0210.1770.231
Green Bay102180.0190.1480.204
Philadelphia98980.0230.1940.243
Houston94800.0260.2220.318
Kansas City98270.0200.1660.199
Seattle100800.0220.1870.252
Detroit93770.0240.2040.264
New England107770.0200.1670.241
Tampa Bay93550.0190.1700.189
New Orleans97850.0250.2160.287
Buffalo96070.0220.1910.230
N.Y. Jets95400.0240.1990.259
Jacksonville96460.0190.1610.223
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