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 (2710), Defensive Holding (2083), Roughing the Passer (1092), Illegal Contact (683), Face Mask (15 Yards) (674), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami315220.0080.0660.092
Minnesota324140.0080.0650.087
Cleveland316590.0080.0700.096
Dallas323910.0080.0690.085
Carolina322310.0070.0570.078
Cincinnati325700.0070.0590.076
Arizona326460.0080.0690.083
Tennessee319920.0070.0590.079
San Francisco331370.0070.0630.079
LA Chargers316990.0070.0610.076
Baltimore343560.0080.0730.090
Pittsburgh327520.0080.0670.094
Washington315240.0070.0570.075
Atlanta328260.0070.0580.076
N.Y. Giants325680.0070.0560.081
Las Vegas316480.0100.0880.111
Indianapolis337400.0070.0550.071
Chicago316030.0060.0490.076
Denver339230.0090.0760.092
LA Rams319980.0080.0670.085
Green Bay345540.0070.0540.073
Philadelphia338860.0080.0670.084
Houston335120.0090.0750.106
Kansas City334590.0080.0670.081
Seattle340330.0080.0690.093
Detroit322950.0090.0740.093
New England365200.0080.0640.088
Tampa Bay314030.0070.0650.077
New Orleans341720.0100.0800.108
Buffalo320010.0080.0710.086
N.Y. Jets323730.0090.0760.100
Jacksonville319010.0080.0630.087
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