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)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami313600.0080.0660.092
Minnesota322740.0070.0640.087
Cleveland316590.0080.0700.096
Dallas322010.0080.0690.085
Carolina320790.0070.0560.077
Cincinnati325700.0070.0590.076
Arizona324830.0080.0690.083
Tennessee318300.0070.0590.079
San Francisco329890.0070.0630.078
LA Chargers315210.0070.0620.076
Baltimore342060.0080.0730.090
Pittsburgh325860.0080.0670.093
Washington313610.0070.0570.075
Atlanta326360.0070.0580.076
N.Y. Giants324200.0070.0560.081
Las Vegas314880.0100.0880.111
Indianapolis336000.0070.0540.070
Chicago314550.0060.0490.076
Denver337570.0090.0770.093
LA Rams318360.0080.0670.086
Green Bay343990.0070.0540.073
Philadelphia337240.0080.0680.084
Houston333620.0090.0760.106
Kansas City332810.0080.0670.081
Seattle338740.0080.0690.094
Detroit321400.0090.0740.093
New England363610.0080.0640.088
Tampa Bay312510.0070.0650.077
New Orleans340120.0090.0790.106
Buffalo318390.0080.0710.086
N.Y. Jets322250.0090.0760.100
Jacksonville317390.0070.0630.086
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