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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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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1881.4150.4840.3940.5050.0160.3090.14911.66016.138
Minnesota1951.3030.4410.3900.4460.0260.2620.14411.23614.826
Cleveland1871.4490.4870.4870.4390.0270.2830.16612.19816.898
Dallas1941.5150.4540.5100.4850.0360.2890.14412.42315.320
Carolina1951.2100.4050.3740.4100.0150.2560.1139.97413.533
Cincinnati1931.2330.4090.3940.4040.0100.2440.10910.44613.596
Arizona1921.4530.5160.5160.3960.0260.2550.16112.82815.240
Tennessee1921.2290.5160.3390.3390.0360.2140.09410.48414.302
San Francisco1981.3430.4190.4140.4850.0250.3130.16711.48514.066
LA Chargers1921.2860.3850.3330.5210.0420.3230.11510.55713.333
Baltimore2011.5020.5120.4980.4380.0500.2890.12913.04016.776
Pittsburgh1981.3180.4550.4800.3480.0350.1920.10111.31815.904
Washington1891.1850.4760.3810.3230.0050.1690.0799.88413.079
Atlanta1961.2140.3930.3620.4180.0200.2400.09710.21913.469
N.Y. Giants1921.2190.4430.3650.3540.0470.2190.12510.20314.516
Las Vegas1881.7820.6860.5000.5590.0370.3830.19715.78219.723
Indianapolis1991.2160.4220.3420.4220.0200.2260.1069.74412.809
Chicago1901.1580.3110.4110.4210.0110.2050.0799.05313.889
Denver1971.5580.5430.5080.4770.0200.2940.09613.41116.503
LA Rams1911.3660.4610.4190.4500.0310.2770.13611.61815.162
Green Bay2051.2050.4680.3410.3560.0290.1760.0839.57112.990
Philadelphia1961.4490.4800.4490.4950.0200.3160.17312.33715.408
Houston1971.5630.4820.5280.5130.0360.3350.15213.22818.726
Kansas City1981.4240.5760.3690.4490.0150.2580.13612.04514.783
Seattle2041.4170.4510.4410.5050.0150.3190.14211.94115.995
Detroit1901.5790.5950.4320.5210.0210.3110.14213.29516.600
New England2111.3650.4830.4270.4360.0140.2610.10911.57815.848
Tampa Bay1881.2870.4890.3620.3940.0430.2230.12811.26613.340
New Orleans2001.7350.6100.5200.5300.0750.2900.12014.49519.600
Buffalo1891.4230.5870.4230.3970.0160.2700.13212.42915.397
N.Y. Jets1931.6110.5540.4300.5600.0520.3370.17113.57018.140
Jacksonville1901.3580.5630.3160.4420.0320.2680.11611.40516.153