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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 occurring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (3518), Defensive Holding (2617), Roughing the Passer (1452), Illegal Contact (827), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (763), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (32), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2351.5870.5360.4810.5230.0430.3190.17013.32316.379
Cleveland2281.3030.4080.4300.4080.0530.2540.10510.70213.443
Minnesota2351.4040.4640.4040.4810.0380.2810.11110.88115.753
Tampa Bay2331.4380.5620.4330.4080.0260.2620.14612.52417.193
Green Bay2471.5630.4740.4780.5710.0320.3120.13812.84218.304
Jacksonville2311.3640.5110.4290.3810.0430.2340.11311.69314.680
Houston2361.2970.4660.4030.4070.0170.2540.09710.87713.831
Seattle2451.1960.4120.3630.3800.0330.2330.11410.06514.053
Denver2361.5210.5040.4530.5130.0420.3140.13612.76717.250
Baltimore2431.2510.4070.4160.4120.0120.2630.12310.70416.374
LA Chargers2321.4830.5650.4400.4350.0340.2760.10812.74115.116
N.Y. Giants2331.3780.5190.4030.4160.0300.2230.11211.38214.039
Cincinnati2381.3700.4960.4030.4240.0380.2560.15111.62614.538
Detroit2291.4590.5460.4500.4370.0220.2880.14012.48515.603
New England2511.5980.5220.5500.4900.0280.2910.13513.50217.454
Arizona2321.5650.5520.5170.4660.0220.3100.11213.33217.384
Kansas City2451.3760.5100.4160.4120.0290.2490.13111.80412.694
Dallas2361.3430.4410.4530.4150.0250.2710.08911.14413.487
San Francisco2431.2390.4160.3370.4530.0330.2720.13610.23913.272
Pittsburgh2391.4440.5400.4560.4060.0250.2340.10911.85817.690
Buffalo2341.2090.4060.3800.3930.0260.2440.12410.32514.534
Washington2291.2970.4410.3890.4240.0350.2450.10910.81213.205
Las Vegas2281.3290.4910.3550.4210.0570.2810.14011.36416.456
N.Y. Jets2321.2590.4050.4090.4180.0170.2280.10310.61614.047
New Orleans2411.1290.3200.3820.4110.0170.2200.0839.35311.701
Philadelphia2381.3530.5040.4120.4080.0130.2480.10911.75616.622
Chicago2301.3520.4650.3780.4700.0300.2700.15711.45714.957
Indianapolis2391.5270.6070.3930.5020.0250.3390.15513.19718.435
LA Rams2361.1310.3600.3730.3690.0300.2120.1109.22012.559
Miami2281.3200.5220.3460.4210.0260.2190.14011.11415.588
Tennessee2331.3000.4250.3390.4850.0390.3350.14210.65713.120
Carolina2331.2270.4210.3690.4120.0260.2230.10310.50212.670