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 (2474), Defensive Holding (1930), Roughing the Passer (1013), Illegal Contact (651), Face Mask (15 Yards) (643), Illegal Use of Hands (590), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (28), Tripping (27), Roughing the Kicker (2), and Clipping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami107990.0210.1730.246
Minnesota109680.0210.1810.246
Cleveland110720.0220.1830.249
Dallas108380.0240.1960.240
Carolina108010.0190.1570.214
Cincinnati111910.0190.1630.212
Arizona111890.0210.1880.222
Tennessee111140.0180.1560.209
San Francisco111860.0200.1700.206
LA Chargers105560.0210.1730.214
Baltimore114560.0230.2030.254
Pittsburgh108630.0220.1890.263
Washington107420.0190.1570.210
Atlanta110670.0190.1610.210
N.Y. Giants111410.0180.1520.220
Oakland105840.0270.2390.304
Indianapolis114510.0190.1520.191
Chicago107240.0170.1330.211
Denver113970.0250.2180.264
LA Rams109450.0220.1830.237
Green Bay115430.0190.1520.206
Philadelphia113500.0220.1900.237
Houston108790.0260.2200.311
Kansas City114160.0210.1780.216
Seattle113790.0230.1910.258
Detroit106200.0250.2120.265
New England122020.0210.1760.243
Tampa Bay106220.0200.1750.196
New Orleans111790.0260.2190.290
Buffalo108170.0220.1930.237
N.Y. Jets108840.0250.2080.268
Jacksonville109350.0200.1700.232
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