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 (2094), Roughing the Passer (1098), Illegal Contact (686), Face Mask (15 Yards) (677), Illegal Use of Hands (637), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (44), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami316650.0080.0660.092
Minnesota325870.0080.0640.086
Cleveland318110.0080.0690.095
Dallas325770.0090.0700.086
Carolina323830.0070.0570.078
Cincinnati327640.0070.0590.077
Arizona327990.0080.0700.083
Tennessee321650.0070.0590.079
San Francisco332840.0080.0640.079
LA Chargers318510.0070.0610.075
Baltimore343560.0080.0730.090
Pittsburgh329040.0080.0670.094
Washington316760.0070.0570.074
Atlanta330050.0070.0580.077
N.Y. Giants327150.0070.0570.081
Las Vegas318030.0100.0880.111
Indianapolis338830.0070.0550.071
Chicago317820.0060.0500.077
Denver340760.0090.0760.092
LA Rams321470.0080.0670.085
Green Bay347030.0070.0540.073
Philadelphia340800.0080.0670.084
Houston336640.0090.0750.107
Kansas City334590.0080.0670.081
Seattle342190.0080.0690.093
Detroit324480.0090.0740.093
New England366750.0080.0650.089
Tampa Bay315560.0070.0650.076
New Orleans343210.0100.0800.108
Buffalo321500.0080.0710.086
N.Y. Jets325160.0090.0760.100
Jacksonville320440.0080.0630.088
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