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 (2782), Defensive Holding (2117), Roughing the Passer (1118), Illegal Contact (700), Face Mask (15 Yards) (692), Illegal Use of Hands (644), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (46), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami321290.0080.0670.092
Minnesota330680.0080.0640.086
Cleveland322920.0080.0690.094
Dallas330960.0090.0700.086
Carolina328420.0070.0570.079
Cincinnati332450.0070.0590.077
Arizona332810.0080.0710.084
Tennessee324900.0070.0590.079
San Francisco337460.0080.0650.080
LA Chargers321880.0070.0610.075
Baltimore349790.0080.0730.091
Pittsburgh331990.0080.0670.094
Washington321150.0070.0570.075
Atlanta334710.0070.0580.076
N.Y. Giants331610.0070.0560.080
Las Vegas321240.0100.0880.111
Indianapolis343520.0070.0550.071
Chicago322400.0070.0520.080
Denver343930.0090.0760.092
LA Rams325960.0080.0670.085
Green Bay350080.0070.0550.074
Philadelphia345540.0080.0680.085
Houston341460.0090.0750.106
Kansas City340760.0080.0680.083
Seattle345380.0080.0680.092
Detroit327570.0090.0740.092
New England369710.0080.0650.088
Tampa Bay320160.0070.0650.077
New Orleans346540.0100.0810.110
Buffalo326100.0080.0700.086
N.Y. Jets330020.0090.0760.101
Jacksonville325230.0080.0640.088
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