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 (2732), Defensive Holding (2095), Roughing the Passer (1098), Illegal Contact (686), Face Mask (15 Yards) (677), Illegal Use of Hands (639), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta330050.0090.0760.092
Cleveland318110.0070.0610.075
Minnesota325870.0080.0610.092
Tampa Bay315560.0080.0700.092
Green Bay347030.0090.0760.108
Jacksonville320440.0080.0680.087
Houston336640.0070.0630.077
Seattle342190.0070.0570.080
Denver340760.0080.0720.093
Baltimore345070.0070.0630.098
LA Chargers318510.0080.0740.085
N.Y. Giants327150.0080.0650.085
Cincinnati327640.0080.0710.086
Detroit324480.0080.0670.086
New England366750.0090.0770.101
Arizona327990.0090.0820.104
Kansas City336100.0080.0680.073
Dallas325770.0080.0650.076
San Francisco332840.0070.0580.075
Pittsburgh329040.0080.0680.100
Buffalo321500.0070.0580.085
Washington316760.0070.0620.076
Las Vegas318030.0070.0630.088
N.Y. Jets325160.0070.0610.080
New Orleans343210.0060.0540.067
Philadelphia340800.0070.0650.090
Chicago317820.0080.0650.086
Indianapolis338830.0090.0760.107
LA Rams321470.0070.0560.075
Miami316650.0070.0640.085
Tennessee321650.0080.0630.075
Carolina323830.0070.0600.075
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