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 (2409), Defensive Holding (1844), Roughing the Passer (957), Illegal Contact (641), Face Mask (15 Yards) (620), Illegal Use of Hands (561), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta110250.0240.2010.240
Cleveland101830.0200.1680.208
Minnesota105800.0210.1610.251
Tampa Bay101010.0220.1940.244
Green Bay114180.0250.2050.296
Jacksonville104710.0210.1890.239
Houston112820.0200.1660.209
Seattle110600.0190.1520.223
Denver113550.0230.1960.249
Baltimore115580.0210.1760.273
LA Chargers106060.0220.1960.222
N.Y. Giants106890.0210.1780.237
Cincinnati106400.0210.1860.231
Detroit107800.0210.1720.228
New England125730.0240.2040.270
Arizona104580.0270.2340.290
Kansas City106520.0210.1810.191
Dallas106600.0210.1780.209
San Francisco104610.0200.1630.208
Pittsburgh111070.0220.1790.258
Buffalo102260.0200.1640.238
Washington103150.0210.1780.217
Oakland101730.0210.1790.251
N.Y. Jets107660.0200.1610.211
New Orleans115800.0180.1450.180
Philadelphia112300.0200.1710.235
Chicago101630.0230.1860.250
Indianapolis113210.0240.2050.288
LA Rams103300.0190.1590.222
Miami100530.0200.1720.224
Tennessee99200.0210.1760.213
Carolina107900.0200.1690.205
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