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 (2663), Defensive Holding (2061), Roughing the Passer (1078), Illegal Contact (673), Face Mask (15 Yards) (665), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (39), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami312190.0080.0660.092
Minnesota321210.0080.0640.087
Cleveland313360.0080.0700.096
Dallas320340.0080.0690.085
Carolina319230.0070.0560.077
Cincinnati322300.0070.0590.077
Arizona323160.0080.0690.083
Tennessee316690.0070.0590.080
San Francisco328220.0070.0630.078
LA Chargers313540.0070.0620.077
Baltimore340560.0080.0720.090
Pittsburgh324310.0080.0670.093
Washington311910.0070.0570.075
Atlanta324710.0070.0580.075
N.Y. Giants322650.0070.0570.081
Oakland313320.0100.0880.111
Indianapolis334600.0070.0540.069
Chicago312850.0060.0480.075
Denver335960.0090.0770.092
LA Rams316690.0080.0670.086
Green Bay342460.0070.0540.072
Philadelphia335540.0080.0680.084
Houston332110.0090.0760.107
Kansas City331300.0080.0670.082
Seattle337090.0080.0690.094
Detroit319700.0090.0740.092
New England362200.0080.0640.087
Tampa Bay310860.0070.0650.075
New Orleans338470.0090.0790.104
Buffalo316790.0080.0700.085
N.Y. Jets320650.0090.0740.098
Jacksonville315990.0070.0630.085
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