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 (2691), Defensive Holding (2073), Roughing the Passer (1084), Illegal Contact (676), Face Mask (15 Yards) (673), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (43), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta326360.0090.0760.091
Cleveland316590.0070.0610.075
Minnesota322740.0080.0610.092
Tampa Bay312510.0080.0700.091
Green Bay343990.0090.0760.108
Jacksonville317390.0080.0680.087
Houston333620.0080.0630.078
Seattle338740.0070.0570.079
Denver337570.0080.0720.092
Baltimore342060.0070.0630.098
LA Chargers315210.0090.0740.085
N.Y. Giants324200.0080.0640.085
Cincinnati325700.0080.0700.086
Detroit321400.0080.0670.086
New England363610.0090.0770.101
Arizona324830.0090.0820.104
Kansas City332810.0080.0690.073
Dallas322010.0080.0650.076
San Francisco329890.0070.0570.074
Pittsburgh325860.0080.0690.100
Buffalo318390.0070.0580.085
Washington313610.0070.0620.076
Las Vegas314880.0070.0620.086
N.Y. Jets322250.0070.0600.079
New Orleans340120.0060.0530.067
Philadelphia337240.0070.0650.090
Chicago314550.0080.0660.087
Indianapolis336000.0090.0760.108
LA Rams318360.0070.0560.076
Miami313600.0070.0640.085
Tennessee318300.0080.0630.074
Carolina320790.0070.0600.076
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