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 (2527), Defensive Holding (1968), Roughing the Passer (1029), Illegal Contact (653), Face Mask (15 Yards) (649), Illegal Use of Hands (606), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (31), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta114790.0240.2040.245
Cleveland106110.0210.1690.208
Minnesota110990.0220.1670.254
Tampa Bay106030.0220.1970.251
Green Bay119040.0250.2110.303
Jacksonville109430.0210.1890.239
Houston117470.0200.1710.212
Seattle116000.0190.1590.225
Denver117660.0230.1980.253
Baltimore120200.0200.1730.266
LA Chargers110970.0230.2010.230
N.Y. Giants111910.0220.1800.238
Cincinnati110940.0220.1950.238
Detroit112340.0210.1780.232
New England130700.0240.2040.271
Arizona109510.0270.2320.290
Kansas City111390.0210.1870.196
Dallas111250.0220.1810.213
San Francisco109530.0200.1630.206
Pittsburgh115170.0220.1850.265
Buffalo106650.0200.1640.238
Washington106720.0210.1770.216
Oakland106040.0200.1770.244
N.Y. Jets111520.0200.1650.219
New Orleans120330.0170.1430.177
Philadelphia116860.0200.1740.236
Chicago105720.0230.1870.250
Indianapolis117870.0240.2080.292
LA Rams107920.0190.1590.220
Miami104860.0200.1750.229
Tennessee104030.0220.1830.218
Carolina112380.0200.1670.205
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