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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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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta401520.0090.0780.096
Cleveland393210.0080.0620.078
Minnesota402870.0080.0630.092
Tampa Bay401890.0080.0730.100
Green Bay421130.0090.0750.107
Jacksonville396210.0080.0680.086
Houston408800.0070.0630.080
Seattle419020.0070.0590.082
Denver414560.0090.0730.098
Baltimore421790.0070.0620.094
LA Chargers394460.0090.0750.089
N.Y. Giants402750.0080.0660.081
Cincinnati409340.0080.0680.085
Detroit397290.0080.0720.090
New England438350.0090.0770.100
Arizona403370.0090.0770.100
Kansas City422130.0080.0690.074
Dallas406080.0080.0650.078
San Francisco412650.0070.0600.078
Pittsburgh405980.0080.0700.104
Buffalo403720.0070.0600.084
Washington390600.0080.0630.077
Las Vegas394700.0080.0660.095
N.Y. Jets398350.0070.0620.082
New Orleans418070.0070.0540.067
Philadelphia418520.0080.0670.095
Chicago389550.0080.0680.088
Indianapolis413220.0090.0760.107
LA Rams402570.0070.0540.074
Miami390820.0080.0650.091
Tennessee397040.0080.0630.077
Carolina395400.0070.0620.075