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 (2662), Defensive Holding (2061), Roughing the Passer (1078), Illegal Contact (673), Face Mask (15 Yards) (665), Illegal Use of Hands (635), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (39), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta324710.0090.0760.091
Cleveland313360.0070.0610.075
Minnesota321210.0080.0600.091
Tampa Bay310860.0080.0700.089
Green Bay342460.0090.0760.108
Jacksonville315990.0080.0680.087
Houston332110.0080.0640.078
Seattle337090.0070.0560.079
Denver335960.0080.0720.093
Baltimore340560.0070.0640.099
LA Chargers313540.0090.0750.086
N.Y. Giants322650.0080.0640.085
Cincinnati322300.0080.0700.086
Detroit319700.0080.0660.085
New England362200.0090.0770.102
Arizona323160.0090.0820.104
Kansas City329580.0080.0690.073
Dallas320340.0080.0650.076
San Francisco326500.0070.0580.074
Pittsburgh324310.0080.0690.101
Buffalo316790.0070.0570.083
Washington311910.0070.0630.077
Oakland313320.0070.0620.085
N.Y. Jets320650.0070.0590.078
New Orleans338470.0060.0530.065
Philadelphia335540.0070.0650.090
Chicago312850.0080.0650.086
Indianapolis334600.0090.0750.107
LA Rams316690.0070.0570.077
Miami312190.0070.0640.084
Tennessee316690.0070.0630.074
Carolina319230.0070.0600.075
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