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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 (2887), Defensive Holding (2172), Roughing the Passer (1167), Illegal Contact (716), Face Mask (15 Yards) (708), Illegal Use of Hands (655), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (61), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (4), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2669174953582821923034
Minnesota2548676875512821912891
Cleveland2719191825533122813160
Dallas2948899947562824102972
Carolina2367973803502219452639
Cincinnati2387976782472120162624
Arizona2799999765493124632926
Tennessee2369965657411820132746
San Francisco2668382965623322742785
LA Chargers24774641008622220272560
Baltimore3021031008810582626213372
Pittsburgh2619095697382022413149
Washington2249072611321518682472
Atlanta2387771824471920032640
N.Y. Giants2348570689422419592787
Las Vegas335129941057723729673708
Indianapolis2428468844452119392549
Chicago2205978802391517202639
Denver307107100944581926423251
LA Rams2618880866532622192896
Green Bay2479670736361719622663
Philadelphia2849488974623424183020
Houston308951041017663026063689
Kansas City28211473893512723852927
Seattle28992901033652924363263
Detroit30011382994592725263154
New England28810290923552324433344
Tampa Bay2429268748422421182508
New Orleans34712210410615582428993920
Buffalo26911180753512523492910
N.Y. Jets3111078310810653326193501
Jacksonville25810760846512221673069
Totals863630262619277117616747997291995768