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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta35211710511910713929663616
Cleveland27888928512542122922849
Minnesota29792871068612422723399
Tampa Bay31112193906583427163698
Green Bay3621101081348723429374242
Jacksonville29011186849522424803217
Houston28710487914572224123038
Seattle2709383857502522603194
Denver332118931147702928183740
Baltimore2869295953602824293801
LA Chargers327122100958602328083310
N.Y. Giants29711086927512524613095
Cincinnati30211188948603525903221
Detroit30711395954622926333350
New England3831251331176713432594190
Arizona3461251161004672429763822
Kansas City31411994937583127522968
Dallas29310198875571724342848
San Francisco28093791017613123193010
Pittsburgh323125101876522626834041
Buffalo2658685876532822613192
Washington2779781898492223022858
Las Vegas278100769012602923653492
N.Y. Jets2779090914492223203119
New Orleans2627591933491921672690
Philadelphia30211588923552426243717
Chicago295104821007593624993307
Indianapolis350139921136743430004259
LA Rams2538184817482520752802
Miami28011075886462923623228
Tennessee28795711099763323592933
Carolina2719081946502322932834
Totals9634337229153091213187287981124107080