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 (2864), Defensive Holding (2165), Roughing the Passer (1155), Illegal Contact (711), Face Mask (15 Yards) (705), Illegal Use of Hands (652), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (59), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (3), and Clipping (1)

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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami327490.0080.0670.093
Minnesota336610.0080.0640.085
Cleveland328720.0080.0690.095
Dallas337110.0090.0710.088
Carolina335850.0070.0580.079
Cincinnati338730.0070.0600.077
Arizona339490.0080.0720.085
Tennessee332750.0070.0590.081
San Francisco343350.0080.0660.081
LA Chargers330030.0070.0600.076
Baltimore355930.0080.0730.094
Pittsburgh340010.0080.0660.092
Washington327290.0070.0570.075
Atlanta340910.0070.0580.077
N.Y. Giants337870.0070.0570.082
Las Vegas330640.0100.0880.110
Indianapolis349880.0070.0550.072
Chicago328780.0070.0520.080
Denver353760.0090.0750.092
LA Rams330810.0080.0660.086
Green Bay357550.0070.0550.074
Philadelphia351840.0080.0680.085
Houston347440.0090.0740.105
Kansas City347040.0080.0680.084
Seattle353670.0080.0680.091
Detroit335520.0090.0750.093
New England376890.0080.0650.089
Tampa Bay326390.0070.0640.076
New Orleans354010.0100.0820.111
Buffalo332340.0080.0700.087
N.Y. Jets336080.0090.0770.103
Jacksonville331620.0080.0650.093
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