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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami324113921124673126793627
Minnesota30110889977603125983413
Cleveland3211051051018643526843810
Dallas3471101121137703428763534
Carolina28310087905562323693189
Cincinnati2869389974582924113086
Arizona325115117885563228133430
Tennessee29611688838542425163494
San Francisco3301021031187763928323551
LA Chargers306978111510712925203167
Baltimore36312511710513642930673973
Pittsburgh2971011097710422325213495
Washington27510190813451923023153
Atlanta2769378965542123003075
N.Y. Giants284101868610552723903216
Las Vegas3971481141259874034734360
Indianapolis2879789954532423223139
Chicago2677691936461620693231
Denver3531241091144702430203745
LA Rams29810192966592825143329
Green Bay29311482896472023723152
Philadelphia3251081001115673927293403
Houston3531091241118713429664147
Kansas City353134931168663729693722
Seattle3371041001274793427983727
Detroit359136951206703030523801
New England3271171011053642827883826
Tampa Bay301120838711482625993148
New Orleans41513913112717743034784572
Buffalo334130102966683128843537
N.Y. Jets3681279812812774030774173
Jacksonville30812479986582525653622
Totals10289358831263297227199693286553113847