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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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta334710.0090.0760.092
Cleveland322920.0070.0610.075
Minnesota330680.0080.0610.091
Tampa Bay320160.0080.0710.094
Green Bay350080.0090.0750.108
Jacksonville325230.0080.0690.088
Houston341460.0070.0630.077
Seattle345380.0070.0570.079
Denver343930.0090.0730.094
Baltimore349790.0070.0630.096
LA Chargers321880.0080.0740.086
N.Y. Giants331610.0080.0660.085
Cincinnati332450.0080.0700.085
Detroit327570.0080.0680.089
New England369710.0090.0760.101
Arizona332810.0090.0820.103
Kansas City340760.0080.0680.073
Dallas330960.0080.0650.076
San Francisco337460.0070.0590.075
Pittsburgh331990.0080.0690.102
Buffalo326100.0070.0590.085
Washington321150.0070.0620.076
Las Vegas321240.0070.0630.089
N.Y. Jets330020.0070.0620.081
New Orleans346540.0060.0530.067
Philadelphia345540.0080.0660.092
Chicago322400.0080.0660.088
Indianapolis343520.0090.0760.107
LA Rams325960.0070.0560.076
Miami321290.0070.0640.086
Tennessee324900.0080.0630.075
Carolina328420.0070.0610.076
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