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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 (2975), Defensive Holding (2233), Roughing the Passer (1204), Illegal Contact (732), Face Mask (15 Yards) (718), Illegal Use of Hands (666), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta350420.0090.0780.094
Cleveland341590.0070.0610.075
Minnesota346480.0080.0620.093
Tampa Bay340740.0080.0740.099
Green Bay369500.0090.0740.107
Jacksonville341170.0080.0670.086
Houston356730.0070.0630.077
Seattle364700.0070.0580.080
Denver363110.0090.0720.094
Baltimore367860.0070.0620.096
LA Chargers339470.0090.0760.090
N.Y. Giants347000.0080.0650.083
Cincinnati347540.0080.0700.086
Detroit344900.0080.0700.089
New England385830.0090.0780.101
Arizona349030.0090.0800.102
Kansas City359630.0080.0690.073
Dallas346720.0080.0640.076
San Francisco353230.0070.0600.078
Pittsburgh351220.0080.0710.106
Buffalo346720.0070.0600.086
Washington338610.0070.0620.076
Las Vegas340420.0070.0620.089
N.Y. Jets345400.0070.0610.081
New Orleans366490.0070.0540.068
Philadelphia361390.0080.0690.097
Chicago339530.0080.0650.087
Indianapolis360960.0090.0760.108
LA Rams344980.0070.0550.075
Miami336950.0080.0650.088
Tennessee343720.0080.0630.076
Carolina343640.0070.0610.077