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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 occurring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (3435), Defensive Holding (2549), Roughing the Passer (1423), Illegal Contact (809), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (747), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2211.4030.4980.3980.4750.0180.2850.13111.61115.715
Minnesota2281.2980.4560.3860.4250.0310.2630.13611.20614.768
Cleveland2221.4050.4640.4590.4370.0360.2790.15811.77516.748
Dallas2281.4910.4650.4870.4870.0310.2980.14512.35515.158
Carolina2281.2150.4210.3730.3950.0220.2460.10110.14513.741
Cincinnati2301.2130.3960.3740.4130.0170.2430.12210.22213.139
Arizona2271.4270.5020.5150.3880.0220.2470.14112.34814.978
Tennessee2271.2600.4980.3740.3480.0350.2200.09310.61214.674
San Francisco2341.3680.4190.4270.4960.0260.3160.16211.69714.795
LA Chargers2251.3290.4180.3470.5070.0440.3110.12910.86713.849
Baltimore2361.5130.5250.4830.4410.0550.2670.12312.83116.686
Pittsburgh2331.2530.4250.4590.3260.0430.1760.09410.64414.798
Washington2241.2230.4510.3970.3620.0130.2010.08510.24114.054
Atlanta2301.1910.4040.3350.4130.0220.2300.0879.91713.130
N.Y. Giants2251.2130.4310.3640.3690.0440.2310.12010.22213.884
Las Vegas2221.7430.6440.5090.5450.0410.3830.18015.29719.063
Indianapolis2341.2050.4060.3720.4020.0170.2220.1039.71813.064
Chicago2251.1640.3290.3960.4130.0220.2040.0719.03613.929
Denver2301.5090.5350.4700.4780.0170.2960.10412.96116.000
LA Rams2301.2570.4220.3910.4130.0260.2520.12210.62214.270
Green Bay2421.2070.4710.3350.3680.0250.1940.0839.77712.860
Philadelphia2301.4090.4700.4350.4830.0170.2910.16511.83014.774
Houston2301.5130.4700.5220.4830.0350.3090.14812.68717.922
Kansas City2371.4220.5440.3840.4600.0250.2620.14812.03814.911
Seattle2381.3990.4370.4120.5250.0170.3280.14311.65515.571
Detroit2231.5700.5960.4080.5290.0270.3050.13513.19716.641
New England2461.2890.4630.3940.4150.0120.2600.11411.06515.130
Tampa Bay2261.2880.5130.3580.3720.0440.2120.11511.16813.588
New Orleans2361.7370.5890.5420.5300.0720.3050.12314.52519.017
Buffalo2281.4390.5610.4390.4120.0260.2940.13612.46915.276
N.Y. Jets2261.6110.5490.4290.5660.0530.3410.17713.46518.310
Jacksonville2231.3450.5470.3360.4300.0270.2600.11211.27415.865