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 (2715), Defensive Holding (2083), Roughing the Passer (1092), Illegal Contact (683), Face Mask (15 Yards) (674), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta328260.0090.0760.092
Cleveland316590.0070.0610.075
Minnesota324140.0080.0610.092
Tampa Bay314030.0080.0700.092
Green Bay345540.0090.0760.108
Jacksonville320440.0080.0680.087
Houston335120.0080.0630.077
Seattle340330.0070.0570.079
Denver339230.0080.0720.093
Baltimore343560.0070.0630.098
LA Chargers316990.0080.0740.085
N.Y. Giants325680.0080.0650.085
Cincinnati325700.0080.0700.086
Detroit322950.0080.0670.086
New England365200.0090.0770.101
Arizona326460.0090.0820.104
Kansas City334590.0080.0680.073
Dallas323910.0080.0650.076
San Francisco331370.0070.0580.075
Pittsburgh327520.0080.0680.100
Buffalo320010.0070.0580.085
Washington315240.0070.0630.077
Las Vegas316480.0070.0630.087
N.Y. Jets323730.0070.0610.080
New Orleans341720.0060.0530.067
Philadelphia338860.0070.0650.089
Chicago316030.0080.0650.086
Indianapolis337400.0090.0760.108
LA Rams319980.0070.0560.076
Miami316650.0070.0640.085
Tennessee319920.0080.0630.075
Carolina322310.0070.0600.076
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