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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 (3285), Defensive Holding (2401), Roughing the Passer (1359), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Contact (760), Illegal Use of Hands (718), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2101.4140.4950.4050.4860.0140.2900.13811.77115.990
Minnesota2171.3180.4650.3870.4330.0320.2630.13811.39215.115
Cleveland2111.4270.4690.4740.4360.0380.2750.16111.98617.095
Dallas2171.5020.4650.4880.4930.0320.3090.14712.42915.442
Carolina2161.2270.4350.3660.4070.0140.2590.10210.21313.755
Cincinnati2191.2050.3930.3840.3970.0180.2370.11410.17413.228
Arizona2151.4600.5120.5300.3950.0230.2560.14912.68815.302
Tennessee2161.2590.5050.3700.3520.0320.2220.09310.66214.801
San Francisco2231.3770.4300.4260.4980.0220.3180.16611.80715.036
LA Chargers2141.3410.4210.3550.5090.0470.3180.12610.97714.033
Baltimore2251.5110.5330.4890.4270.0580.2670.12912.91116.676
Pittsburgh2221.2700.4320.4680.3240.0450.1760.09510.84215.284
Washington2121.1980.4580.3730.3540.0140.1930.0859.89613.467
Atlanta2181.2290.4130.3530.4220.0230.2430.09210.26113.679
N.Y. Giants2141.1730.4160.3550.3550.0420.2200.1179.83613.692
Las Vegas2111.7960.6680.5260.5590.0380.3890.19015.81019.773
Indianapolis2221.1850.4100.3420.4050.0180.2250.1049.52712.811
Chicago2131.1500.3240.3850.4180.0190.2020.0758.93413.681
Denver2191.4980.5210.4750.4750.0180.2880.09612.80415.854
LA Rams2191.2920.4340.4020.4250.0270.2600.12310.96314.521
Green Bay2301.2040.4650.3350.3700.0260.1910.0789.69613.113
Philadelphia2191.4200.4750.4380.4840.0180.2970.16412.00915.114
Houston2191.5300.4700.5250.4930.0370.3240.15512.93618.247
Kansas City2261.4510.5660.3850.4650.0270.2650.15012.28315.009
Seattle2271.4010.4360.4190.5240.0180.3300.14511.73615.639
Detroit2121.5570.5940.3960.5280.0280.3070.13713.05716.618
New England2341.3160.4740.4150.4100.0130.2480.10311.24815.487
Tampa Bay2151.3210.5160.3720.3860.0470.2190.12111.50713.874
New Orleans2241.7100.5940.5270.5130.0760.2900.11614.23718.844
Buffalo2161.4400.5600.4350.4170.0280.2960.13012.39815.329
N.Y. Jets2151.6330.5580.4280.5770.0560.3490.18613.63318.260
Jacksonville2121.3490.5520.3300.4340.0280.2590.10811.27816.165