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 (2866), Defensive Holding (2165), Roughing the Passer (1155), Illegal Contact (711), Face Mask (15 Yards) (705), Illegal Use of Hands (652), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (59), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (3), and Clipping (1)

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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta340910.0090.0770.093
Cleveland328720.0070.0610.074
Minnesota336610.0080.0610.092
Tampa Bay328070.0080.0720.096
Green Bay357550.0090.0750.109
Jacksonville331620.0080.0680.087
Houston347440.0070.0620.078
Seattle353670.0070.0570.081
Denver353760.0090.0720.094
Baltimore355930.0070.0630.096
LA Chargers330030.0090.0760.088
N.Y. Giants337870.0080.0650.084
Cincinnati338730.0080.0700.086
Detroit335520.0080.0690.089
New England376890.0090.0770.101
Arizona339490.0090.0820.102
Kansas City347040.0080.0690.073
Dallas337110.0080.0640.075
San Francisco343350.0070.0600.077
Pittsburgh340010.0080.0710.106
Buffalo332340.0070.0590.085
Washington327290.0080.0630.077
Las Vegas330640.0070.0620.089
N.Y. Jets336080.0080.0620.084
New Orleans354010.0070.0540.067
Philadelphia351840.0080.0670.094
Chicago328780.0080.0660.089
Indianapolis349880.0090.0760.108
LA Rams332490.0070.0560.076
Miami327490.0070.0650.086
Tennessee332750.0080.0630.076
Carolina335850.0070.0610.077
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