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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 (3340), Defensive Holding (2466), Roughing the Passer (1375), Illegal Contact (782), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (729), 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
Miami2141.4070.4950.4020.4770.0190.2850.13611.67315.804
Minnesota2211.3170.4620.3940.4300.0320.2620.14011.37614.955
Cleveland2151.4190.4700.4700.4330.0370.2740.16311.93016.912
Dallas2211.4890.4570.4840.4930.0320.3080.14912.31215.231
Carolina2201.2320.4360.3680.4090.0140.2550.10010.24514.000
Cincinnati2231.2150.3990.3770.4080.0180.2380.11710.21113.265
Arizona2191.4520.5110.5250.3930.0230.2510.14612.62115.361
Tennessee2201.2640.5000.3730.3550.0360.2230.09510.65014.845
San Francisco2261.3760.4250.4250.5040.0220.3230.16811.82715.013
LA Chargers2181.3350.4220.3490.5050.0460.3120.12410.88513.899
Baltimore2291.5020.5280.4800.4320.0570.2710.12712.85216.515
Pittsburgh2261.2740.4290.4690.3320.0440.1770.09710.85415.173
Washington2161.2220.4680.3890.3520.0140.1940.08310.17113.949
Atlanta2221.2120.4100.3470.4140.0230.2390.09010.12213.455
N.Y. Giants2181.1970.4270.3620.3620.0410.2200.11510.00513.706
Las Vegas2151.7770.6600.5160.5530.0420.3860.18615.62319.465
Indianapolis2261.2080.4200.3630.3980.0180.2210.1029.75213.084
Chicago2171.1570.3270.3870.4190.0180.2070.0748.99113.728
Denver2231.5020.5290.4750.4710.0180.2870.09412.87015.843
LA Rams2221.2840.4320.3960.4230.0270.2610.12610.91914.577
Green Bay2341.1970.4660.3330.3630.0260.1880.0779.65812.996
Philadelphia2231.4170.4710.4390.4840.0180.3000.17011.96914.982
Houston2231.5340.4750.5290.4890.0360.3180.15212.89718.300
Kansas City2301.4390.5610.3780.4650.0260.2650.15212.17014.870
Seattle2311.4290.4500.4200.5320.0170.3330.14711.91815.987
Detroit2161.5560.6020.3940.5230.0280.3010.13413.05116.532
New England2381.2980.4660.4080.4080.0130.2480.10111.08415.273
Tampa Bay2191.3060.5160.3650.3790.0460.2150.11911.35213.817
New Orleans2281.7190.5960.5220.5260.0750.3030.11814.35119.018
Buffalo2201.4450.5590.4360.4230.0270.3000.13612.45015.355
N.Y. Jets2191.6210.5530.4340.5660.0550.3420.18313.58418.196
Jacksonville2161.3430.5510.3290.4310.0280.2590.11111.28715.986