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 (2461), Defensive Holding (1919), Roughing the Passer (1001), Illegal Contact (650), Face Mask (15 Yards) (642), Illegal Use of Hands (588), Personal Foul (237), Tripping (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta112850.0240.2040.247
Cleveland104140.0200.1700.208
Minnesota108260.0220.1650.255
Tampa Bay103770.0220.1960.245
Green Bay116780.0250.2110.302
Jacksonville107290.0220.1900.242
Houston115490.0200.1690.210
Seattle113360.0190.1560.223
Denver116600.0220.1950.248
Baltimore118530.0200.1750.269
LA Chargers108630.0230.1990.228
N.Y. Giants109270.0220.1790.239
Cincinnati108780.0210.1890.232
Detroit109680.0210.1720.227
New England128600.0240.2040.272
Arizona107270.0270.2330.289
Kansas City109450.0210.1880.198
Dallas109240.0220.1810.213
San Francisco106810.0200.1620.208
Pittsburgh113210.0220.1830.262
Buffalo104330.0200.1640.236
Washington105410.0210.1770.215
Oakland103660.0200.1770.246
N.Y. Jets109220.0200.1620.212
New Orleans118240.0180.1450.180
Philadelphia114830.0200.1740.237
Chicago103390.0230.1890.251
Indianapolis115260.0240.2070.292
LA Rams105920.0190.1590.221
Miami102370.0200.1720.227
Tennessee101720.0220.1800.213
Carolina110380.0200.1690.208
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