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)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami105580.0220.1760.248
Minnesota106490.0210.1780.242
Cleveland107960.0220.1830.251
Dallas105320.0240.1930.231
Carolina105140.0180.1540.211
Cincinnati108360.0190.1640.214
Arizona108810.0210.1870.224
Tennessee108070.0180.1560.204
San Francisco109980.0200.1700.205
LA Chargers102820.0210.1760.214
Baltimore111570.0230.1940.247
Pittsburgh105940.0210.1840.262
Washington104110.0180.1550.208
Atlanta107370.0190.1580.210
N.Y. Giants108170.0180.1520.220
Oakland103500.0270.2360.298
Indianapolis112150.0190.1500.191
Chicago104530.0170.1320.214
Denver110850.0250.2140.259
LA Rams106130.0210.1830.238
Green Bay112250.0190.1530.208
Philadelphia110300.0220.1860.235
Houston105630.0250.2150.305
Kansas City110440.0200.1720.211
Seattle110860.0230.1930.261
Detroit103440.0250.2100.265
New England119310.0210.1740.241
Tampa Bay103510.0200.1730.194
New Orleans108760.0260.2210.295
Buffalo105780.0220.1910.235
N.Y. Jets105980.0240.2030.263
Jacksonville106150.0200.1640.225
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