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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 (3330), Defensive Holding (2448), Roughing the Passer (1369), Illegal Contact (778), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (725), 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
Atlanta2211.6290.5520.4800.5480.0450.3300.18113.76916.937
Cleveland2141.3270.4160.4440.4070.0560.2520.09810.94413.645
Minnesota2201.3730.4320.4000.4860.0360.2770.10910.51415.627
Tampa Bay2181.4500.5640.4360.4170.0280.2710.15612.67017.124
Green Bay2331.5620.4720.4680.5790.0340.3130.14612.67418.249
Jacksonville2151.3720.5300.4090.3910.0420.2420.11211.75315.186
Houston2221.3200.4730.4100.4140.0180.2610.09911.09014.063
Seattle2301.2000.4170.3650.3780.0300.2260.11310.10014.222
Denver2221.5270.5320.4370.5270.0320.3150.13112.84217.419
Baltimore2281.2720.4170.4210.4170.0130.2630.12310.80716.895
LA Chargers2171.5160.5670.4610.4420.0370.2760.10613.00015.313
N.Y. Giants2171.3870.5070.4060.4330.0320.2400.12011.47914.392
Cincinnati2221.3780.5050.4010.4320.0360.2750.16211.82914.626
Detroit2151.4510.5350.4510.4470.0190.2930.14012.46015.726
New England2371.6200.5270.5610.4940.0300.3000.14313.75517.700
Arizona2181.6010.5780.5320.4630.0230.3120.11013.75717.592
Kansas City2291.3930.5240.4240.4100.0310.2530.13512.17913.127
Dallas2201.3410.4590.4500.4000.0230.2590.07711.09112.991
San Francisco2261.2610.4200.3500.4600.0310.2790.14210.45613.597
Pittsburgh2251.4440.5600.4490.3910.0270.2310.11611.98217.991
Buffalo2191.2190.3970.3880.4020.0270.2420.12810.38814.658
Washington2151.3070.4560.3810.4230.0370.2370.11210.89313.414
Las Vegas2141.3220.4720.3600.4250.0610.2800.14011.22016.748
N.Y. Jets2181.2940.4220.4130.4310.0180.2340.10110.83914.422
New Orleans2271.1590.3350.4010.4100.0130.2160.0849.59012.035
Philadelphia2221.3780.5230.4050.4190.0140.2520.11311.98216.968
Chicago2161.3750.4810.3840.4680.0320.2780.16711.66215.352
Indianapolis2251.5640.6220.4090.5070.0270.3330.15613.42218.973
LA Rams2221.1530.3740.3780.3690.0320.2210.1179.48212.689
Miami2131.3240.5160.3520.4230.0280.2210.14111.15015.249
Tennessee2191.3330.4340.3330.5110.0410.3520.15110.91813.553
Carolina2191.2600.4250.3740.4340.0270.2330.11010.68013.114