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 (2526), Defensive Holding (1967), 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 (30), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami109980.0210.1740.246
Minnesota111370.0210.1790.245
Cleveland112430.0220.1860.252
Dallas109750.0240.1960.239
Carolina109860.0190.1600.219
Cincinnati112940.0190.1620.210
Arizona114080.0210.1870.221
Tennessee113360.0180.1560.210
San Francisco112990.0200.1700.205
LA Chargers107360.0210.1740.215
Baltimore115930.0230.2010.252
Pittsburgh110540.0220.1900.265
Washington108700.0190.1570.210
Atlanta111850.0190.1600.208
N.Y. Giants113280.0180.1530.223
Oakland107850.0280.2460.311
Indianapolis116370.0190.1540.196
Chicago109190.0180.1340.212
Denver115300.0250.2180.263
LA Rams110920.0220.1860.239
Green Bay117380.0190.1500.203
Philadelphia114500.0220.1890.237
Houston109980.0250.2180.308
Kansas City115950.0210.1780.214
Seattle115220.0230.1910.258
Detroit108080.0250.2130.267
New England123250.0210.1750.243
Tampa Bay108120.0200.1790.204
New Orleans112970.0260.2200.289
Buffalo110000.0220.1910.234
N.Y. Jets110810.0250.2100.269
Jacksonville110510.0200.1690.231
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