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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
Atlanta2181.6150.5370.4820.5460.0460.3260.17913.60616.587
Cleveland2111.3180.4170.4360.4030.0570.2560.10010.86313.502
Minnesota2171.3690.4240.4010.4880.0370.2810.11110.47015.664
Tampa Bay2151.4470.5630.4330.4190.0280.2700.15812.63317.200
Green Bay2301.5740.4780.4700.5830.0350.3130.14812.77018.443
Jacksonville2121.3680.5240.4060.3960.0420.2450.11311.69815.175
Houston2191.3110.4750.3970.4160.0180.2600.10011.01413.872
Seattle2271.1890.4100.3660.3740.0310.2200.1109.95614.070
Denver2191.5160.5390.4250.5210.0320.3200.13212.86817.078
Baltimore2251.2710.4090.4220.4220.0130.2670.12410.79616.893
LA Chargers2141.5280.5700.4670.4440.0370.2800.10713.12115.467
N.Y. Giants2141.3880.5140.4020.4300.0330.2380.11711.50014.463
Cincinnati2191.3790.5070.4020.4290.0370.2740.16011.82614.708
Detroit2121.4480.5330.4480.4480.0190.2920.13712.42015.802
New England2341.6370.5340.5680.5000.0260.3030.14513.92717.906
Arizona2151.6090.5810.5400.4650.0190.3120.11213.84217.777
Kansas City2261.3890.5270.4160.4120.0310.2570.13712.17713.133
Dallas2171.3500.4650.4520.4010.0230.2630.07811.21713.124
San Francisco2231.2560.4170.3540.4530.0310.2740.13910.39913.498
Pittsburgh2221.4550.5630.4550.3920.0270.2340.11712.08618.203
Buffalo2161.2270.3980.3940.4030.0280.2450.13010.46814.778
Washington2121.3070.4580.3820.4200.0380.2310.10410.85813.481
Las Vegas2111.3180.4740.3600.4270.0570.2840.13711.20916.550
N.Y. Jets2151.2880.4190.4190.4230.0190.2280.10210.79114.507
New Orleans2241.1700.3350.4060.4150.0130.2190.0859.67412.009
Philadelphia2191.3790.5250.4020.4200.0140.2510.11011.98216.973
Chicago2131.3850.4880.3850.4690.0330.2770.16911.73215.526
Indianapolis2221.5770.6260.4140.5090.0270.3330.15313.51419.185
LA Rams2191.1550.3700.3840.3700.0320.2190.1149.47512.795
Miami2101.3330.5240.3570.4190.0290.2190.13811.24815.371
Tennessee2161.3290.4400.3290.5050.0420.3520.15310.92113.579
Carolina2161.2550.4170.3750.4350.0280.2310.10610.61613.120