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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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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami336950.0080.0670.093
Minnesota346480.0070.0640.085
Cleveland341590.0080.0680.094
Dallas346720.0090.0720.089
Carolina343640.0070.0580.079
Cincinnati347540.0070.0590.076
Arizona349030.0080.0720.086
Tennessee343720.0070.0600.081
San Francisco353230.0080.0660.080
LA Chargers339470.0070.0610.076
Baltimore367860.0090.0740.096
Pittsburgh351220.0080.0640.091
Washington338610.0070.0570.076
Atlanta350420.0070.0590.078
N.Y. Giants347000.0070.0580.081
Las Vegas340420.0100.0900.112
Indianapolis360960.0070.0550.073
Chicago339530.0070.0520.079
Denver363110.0090.0740.090
LA Rams344980.0080.0650.086
Green Bay367930.0070.0560.074
Philadelphia361390.0080.0670.085
Houston356730.0090.0740.105
Kansas City357990.0080.0700.086
Seattle364700.0080.0680.090
Detroit344900.0090.0750.095
New England385830.0080.0640.087
Tampa Bay339170.0070.0650.077
New Orleans366490.0100.0820.110
Buffalo345080.0080.0690.086
N.Y. Jets345400.0090.0780.104
Jacksonville341170.0080.0670.095