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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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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta376070.0090.0790.096
Cleveland367100.0080.0620.078
Minnesota373890.0080.0610.091
Tampa Bay372980.0080.0730.099
Green Bay396340.0090.0740.107
Jacksonville366750.0080.0680.088
Houston382520.0080.0630.079
Seattle391040.0070.0580.082
Denver388100.0090.0730.096
Baltimore394950.0070.0620.096
LA Chargers366470.0090.0770.090
N.Y. Giants373360.0080.0660.083
Cincinnati379840.0080.0680.085
Detroit370950.0080.0710.090
New England412650.0090.0790.102
Arizona376520.0090.0790.102
Kansas City392430.0080.0700.076
Dallas375840.0080.0650.076
San Francisco383020.0070.0610.079
Pittsburgh380170.0080.0710.106
Buffalo375860.0070.0600.085
Washington364500.0080.0630.078
Las Vegas368770.0080.0640.095
N.Y. Jets372040.0070.0620.084
New Orleans392490.0070.0550.069
Philadelphia389120.0080.0670.096
Chicago364690.0080.0690.091
Indianapolis386550.0090.0780.110
LA Rams377570.0070.0550.074
Miami363510.0080.0650.089
Tennessee371550.0080.0630.079
Carolina369720.0070.0620.077