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 (2548), Defensive Holding (1977), Roughing the Passer (1037), Illegal Contact (656), Face Mask (15 Yards) (651), Illegal Use of Hands (611), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (32), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami110650.0210.1740.245
Minnesota112120.0210.1800.245
Cleveland113070.0220.1880.259
Dallas110320.0240.1960.239
Carolina110470.0190.1600.218
Cincinnati113600.0190.1620.210
Arizona114740.0210.1890.226
Tennessee113360.0180.1560.210
San Francisco114340.0200.1700.209
LA Chargers107960.0210.1750.215
Baltimore116500.0230.2030.254
Pittsburgh111220.0220.1890.264
Washington109360.0190.1570.209
Atlanta112550.0190.1590.207
N.Y. Giants113280.0180.1530.223
Oakland108430.0280.2460.310
Indianapolis116950.0190.1530.195
Chicago109710.0180.1340.211
Denver115880.0250.2180.262
LA Rams111660.0220.1850.238
Green Bay117380.0190.1500.203
Philadelphia115210.0220.1890.236
Houston110620.0250.2190.310
Kansas City116680.0210.1800.218
Seattle116000.0230.1910.258
Detroit108790.0250.2130.267
New England123910.0210.1770.247
Tampa Bay108760.0200.1780.203
New Orleans113580.0270.2230.291
Buffalo110650.0220.1910.235
N.Y. Jets111420.0250.2090.268
Jacksonville111140.0200.1700.232
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