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 (2607), Defensive Holding (2014), Roughing the Passer (1054), Illegal Contact (662), Face Mask (15 Yards) (659), Illegal Use of Hands (621), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (36), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta117720.0240.2050.247
Cleveland108610.0210.1700.211
Minnesota112790.0220.1670.255
Tampa Bay108720.0220.1990.251
Green Bay120930.0260.2110.304
Jacksonville112050.0210.1870.238
Houston119860.0200.1720.212
Seattle117950.0190.1570.222
Denver119950.0230.1980.255
Baltimore122790.0200.1740.269
LA Chargers112890.0230.2020.233
N.Y. Giants113650.0210.1770.235
Cincinnati113380.0220.1960.240
Detroit114960.0210.1800.233
New England133480.0240.2040.272
Arizona111300.0270.2330.295
Kansas City113280.0220.1900.197
Dallas114000.0220.1820.214
San Francisco111790.0200.1640.212
Pittsburgh117600.0220.1880.275
Buffalo109360.0200.1650.241
Washington109090.0210.1750.214
Oakland108440.0200.1750.241
N.Y. Jets114160.0200.1660.218
New Orleans122730.0170.1410.175
Philadelphia119750.0200.1760.242
Chicago108440.0230.1850.246
Indianapolis120410.0240.2070.293
LA Rams110350.0190.1590.217
Miami107430.0210.1800.239
Tennessee105720.0220.1820.216
Carolina115180.0200.1660.206
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