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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 occuring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (3042), Defensive Holding (2264), Roughing the Passer (1232), Illegal Contact (740), Face Mask (15 Yards) (731), Illegal Use of Hands (675), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (30), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1961.4130.4850.4080.4900.0150.2960.14311.71916.158
Minnesota2031.2810.4380.3840.4330.0250.2560.13811.03414.768
Cleveland1971.4160.4670.4720.4370.0300.2890.16811.93916.746
Dallas2021.5050.4650.5050.4750.0350.2870.14412.42115.381
Carolina2021.2280.4160.3660.4260.0150.2720.10910.11913.673
Cincinnati2011.2440.4030.4030.4080.0150.2440.11410.52213.672
Arizona2001.4350.5000.5200.3900.0250.2450.15512.54014.995
Tennessee2011.2390.5070.3580.3380.0350.2090.09510.56214.219
San Francisco2061.3500.4130.4220.4900.0240.3110.16011.46614.350
LA Chargers2001.3000.3900.3450.5150.0450.3150.11510.60513.395
Baltimore2111.5310.5400.4980.4360.0520.2750.12313.16617.052
Pittsburgh2071.2850.4400.4640.3380.0430.1840.09710.94215.570
Washington1981.2070.4650.3840.3540.0050.1970.08610.06113.227
Atlanta2041.2250.4120.3580.4170.0200.2350.09310.18613.520
N.Y. Giants2001.2100.4300.3600.3700.0450.2300.12510.13514.235
Las Vegas1961.8010.6890.5050.5660.0360.3930.18915.77019.862
Indianapolis2081.2020.4130.3460.4130.0190.2260.1069.62512.803
Chicago1991.1560.3070.4120.4170.0150.2010.0758.97013.719
Denver2051.5410.5370.4880.4880.0200.2980.09813.20016.322
LA Rams2011.3230.4430.4080.4380.0300.2690.12911.25914.811
Green Bay2151.2230.4650.3440.3770.0280.1910.0849.81413.107
Philadelphia2041.4410.4800.4410.4950.0200.3090.17212.20115.353
Houston2051.5510.4630.5370.5120.0340.3370.15613.06818.498
Kansas City2091.4640.5890.3920.4550.0190.2580.14412.35415.249
Seattle2131.3940.4370.4320.5070.0140.3150.14111.67115.718
Detroit1981.5860.6110.4240.5150.0250.3080.13613.41416.823
New England2191.3420.4750.4290.4200.0140.2510.10511.45715.516
Tampa Bay1991.3170.5030.3770.3920.0450.2260.12611.54813.543
New Orleans2101.7480.6100.5380.5240.0760.2900.11014.52919.476
Buffalo2001.4100.5750.4250.3950.0150.2750.12012.20515.165
N.Y. Jets2011.6220.5470.4330.5720.0550.3480.17913.61218.269
Jacksonville1981.3790.5710.3380.4340.0300.2630.11611.64116.652