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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta113380.0240.2030.246
Cleveland104140.0200.1700.208
Minnesota108970.0220.1650.254
Tampa Bay103770.0220.1960.245
Green Bay117330.0250.2110.304
Jacksonville108070.0210.1890.241
Houston116100.0200.1680.209
Seattle114040.0190.1580.225
Denver116600.0220.1950.248
Baltimore119090.0200.1740.268
LA Chargers109230.0230.2000.229
N.Y. Giants109920.0220.1780.238
Cincinnati109430.0220.1940.238
Detroit110350.0210.1750.230
New England129390.0240.2030.272
Arizona107880.0270.2330.289
Kansas City109450.0210.1880.198
Dallas109900.0220.1810.212
San Francisco107430.0200.1630.207
Pittsburgh113210.0220.1830.262
Buffalo104840.0200.1640.235
Washington105820.0210.1780.216
Oakland104280.0200.1760.245
N.Y. Jets109750.0200.1640.216
New Orleans118980.0170.1440.179
Philadelphia115400.0200.1740.237
Chicago104020.0230.1870.249
Indianapolis115930.0240.2090.292
LA Rams106660.0190.1590.221
Miami103030.0200.1750.229
Tennessee102330.0220.1790.212
Carolina110380.0200.1690.208
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