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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 (2974), Defensive Holding (2231), Roughing the Passer (1203), Illegal Contact (732), Face Mask (15 Yards) (718), Illegal Use of Hands (666), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (69), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1931.4200.4870.4090.4920.0160.3010.14511.74116.259
Minnesota2001.2900.4350.3900.4400.0250.2600.14011.10014.785
Cleveland1941.4180.4740.4690.4330.0310.2840.16511.93816.515
Dallas1991.5130.4620.5080.4820.0350.2910.14612.49215.497
Carolina1991.2210.4120.3670.4220.0150.2660.11110.05013.593
Cincinnati1981.2220.4090.3890.3940.0150.2370.10610.34313.419
Arizona1971.4570.5080.5280.3960.0250.2490.15712.73115.223
Tennessee1981.2220.5150.3330.3380.0350.2120.09610.39914.136
San Francisco2031.3300.4140.4190.4730.0250.3050.16311.40413.847
LA Chargers1971.2840.3810.3400.5180.0410.3200.11710.52813.173
Baltimore2081.5240.5380.5000.4280.0530.2790.12513.15916.894
Pittsburgh2041.2990.4460.4660.3430.0440.1860.09811.08815.725
Washington1951.1950.4720.3790.3380.0050.1850.0829.93313.200
Atlanta2011.2240.4080.3580.4180.0200.2390.09510.25913.537
N.Y. Giants1971.2030.4370.3600.3550.0460.2230.12710.17314.208
Las Vegas1931.8030.6940.4970.5700.0360.3940.19215.83919.829
Indianapolis2051.2100.4200.3460.4150.0200.2240.1079.72712.790
Chicago1961.1580.3060.4130.4180.0150.1990.0778.97413.750
Denver2021.5400.5450.4950.4700.0200.2870.09413.25216.233
LA Rams1981.3380.4490.4090.4440.0300.2730.13111.36414.960
Green Bay2111.2090.4740.3320.3650.0280.1850.0819.71612.848
Philadelphia2011.4230.4680.4430.4880.0200.3130.17412.12915.323
Houston2021.5500.4700.5300.5100.0350.3320.15313.01518.495
Kansas City2041.4460.5830.3920.4460.0150.2550.13712.24515.069
Seattle2101.3900.4380.4330.5000.0140.3190.14311.73315.705
Detroit1951.5790.5950.4310.5180.0260.3130.13813.23616.728
New England2161.3470.4810.4210.4260.0140.2550.10611.42615.597
Tampa Bay1941.2990.4850.3660.4020.0460.2320.12911.29913.392
New Orleans2071.7440.6140.5310.5270.0720.2900.11114.51719.488
Buffalo1961.4030.5710.4230.3930.0150.2700.12212.16815.148
N.Y. Jets1981.6260.5510.4290.5760.0560.3480.17713.61618.222
Jacksonville1951.3790.5690.3380.4360.0310.2670.11811.66716.621