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 (2263), Defensive Holding (1684), Roughing the Passer (891), Illegal Contact (619), Face Mask (15 Yards) (584), Illegal Use of Hands (533), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (26), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta104720.0240.2000.237
Cleveland97200.0200.1640.204
Minnesota100520.0210.1590.250
Tampa Bay95370.0210.1890.238
Green Bay108570.0250.2030.292
Jacksonville99530.0210.1850.238
Houston106430.0190.1650.208
Seattle104390.0180.1500.211
Denver107830.0220.1930.247
Baltimore108580.0210.1780.281
LA Chargers99240.0220.1910.223
N.Y. Giants101250.0220.1860.247
Cincinnati100910.0210.1860.232
Detroit101990.0210.1700.225
New England117950.0240.2020.271
Arizona99210.0270.2350.296
Kansas City100130.0200.1710.182
Dallas99350.0210.1770.209
San Francisco99630.0190.1510.198
Pittsburgh105400.0210.1730.250
Buffalo97220.0190.1540.218
Washington98050.0210.1800.219
Oakland96230.0210.1840.255
N.Y. Jets102770.0190.1590.209
New Orleans109070.0170.1450.176
Philadelphia105430.0190.1670.233
Chicago95270.0220.1830.249
Indianapolis106110.0240.2030.289
LA Rams95810.0190.1560.226
Miami96420.0200.1700.223
Tennessee94130.0210.1700.207
Carolina101960.0200.1660.199
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