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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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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2011.6070.5420.4780.5370.0450.3180.18913.63216.433
Cleveland1941.3040.4280.4230.4020.0460.2530.08810.72213.206
Minnesota2001.3950.4350.4150.4950.0300.2900.11010.70516.025
Tampa Bay1941.4540.5520.4430.4330.0210.2940.17012.93817.335
Green Bay2111.5880.4600.4980.5880.0330.3180.15612.90018.782
Jacksonville1951.3590.5280.4000.3900.0410.2410.11311.74915.056
Houston2021.3070.4650.4060.4110.0200.2520.09411.05013.629
Seattle2101.1950.4000.3670.3860.0330.2240.11410.00013.943
Denver2021.5350.5590.4260.5150.0350.3120.12913.00016.970
Baltimore2081.2880.4040.4180.4470.0140.2840.13511.01017.053
LA Chargers1971.5130.5530.4770.4470.0250.2940.10213.07115.457
N.Y. Giants1971.3710.5130.4110.4060.0300.2280.11211.39614.614
Cincinnati1981.3990.5150.4040.4390.0350.2980.17212.26815.056
Detroit1951.4510.5380.4310.4620.0210.3080.14912.38515.708
New England2161.6390.5280.5880.4910.0230.3010.14413.89817.986
Arizona1971.6500.6090.5580.4570.0200.3100.11214.23917.995
Kansas City2041.3680.5200.4120.4070.0290.2650.14712.11312.868
Dallas1991.3520.4570.4670.3970.0200.2610.07011.19113.181
San Francisco2031.2560.4240.3500.4480.0340.2710.14310.45313.498
Pittsburgh2041.4610.5690.4710.3870.0150.2300.11812.15218.328
Buffalo1961.2450.4030.4030.4080.0260.2400.12810.51515.168
Washington1951.2920.4460.3740.4210.0410.2310.11310.73813.221
Las Vegas1931.2900.4820.3630.3890.0570.2540.12411.00515.741
N.Y. Jets1981.2880.4240.4040.4340.0150.2320.09610.63114.131
New Orleans2071.1740.3290.4300.4010.0140.1930.0879.63812.010
Philadelphia2011.4280.5320.4130.4480.0150.2640.11412.38317.453
Chicago1961.3620.4800.3670.4740.0310.2760.15811.25015.077
Indianapolis2051.5800.6440.3950.5120.0290.3270.15113.41018.932
LA Rams1981.1570.3590.4090.3590.0300.2120.1169.57113.020
Miami1931.3320.5390.3520.4040.0310.2180.14511.40915.316
Tennessee1981.3280.4490.3130.5100.0400.3540.15711.00013.247
Carolina1991.2710.4270.3670.4520.0250.2310.10110.61813.281