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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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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami328930.0080.0670.092
Minnesota338270.0080.0650.085
Cleveland330240.0080.0690.096
Dallas338620.0090.0710.088
Carolina337510.0070.0580.078
Cincinnati340270.0070.0590.077
Arizona340930.0080.0720.086
Tennessee334440.0070.0600.082
San Francisco345010.0080.0660.081
LA Chargers331680.0070.0610.077
Baltimore357380.0080.0730.094
Pittsburgh341460.0080.0660.092
Washington328800.0070.0570.075
Atlanta342540.0070.0580.077
N.Y. Giants339410.0070.0580.082
Las Vegas332270.0100.0890.112
Indianapolis351570.0070.0550.073
Chicago330370.0070.0520.080
Denver355090.0090.0740.092
LA Rams334150.0080.0660.087
Green Bay359140.0070.0550.074
Philadelphia353390.0080.0680.085
Houston349030.0090.0750.106
Kansas City348600.0080.0680.084
Seattle355220.0080.0690.092
Detroit337110.0090.0750.094
New England378330.0080.0650.088
Tampa Bay329630.0070.0640.076
New Orleans355340.0100.0820.110
Buffalo333990.0080.0700.087
N.Y. Jets337520.0090.0780.104
Jacksonville333140.0080.0650.092