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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 (3017), Defensive Holding (2253), Roughing the Passer (1224), Illegal Contact (735), Face Mask (15 Yards) (729), Illegal Use of Hands (675), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2031.6160.5520.4830.5320.0440.3150.18713.70916.453
Cleveland1961.3010.4230.4290.3980.0460.2500.08710.63813.224
Minnesota2021.3960.4310.4210.4950.0300.2870.10910.71815.941
Tampa Bay1981.4650.5660.4390.4340.0200.2880.16712.94417.470
Green Bay2141.6030.4720.4950.5890.0370.3180.15413.10718.790
Jacksonville1971.3710.5230.3960.4110.0410.2590.12211.84815.340
Houston2041.3140.4660.4120.4120.0200.2550.09311.05413.779
Seattle2121.1890.3960.3680.3820.0330.2220.1139.95313.858
Denver2041.5340.5590.4220.5200.0340.3090.12712.96117.074
Baltimore2101.2900.4050.4240.4430.0140.2810.13311.03316.962
LA Chargers1991.5130.5530.4770.4470.0250.2910.10113.03015.402
N.Y. Giants1991.3870.5080.4170.4220.0300.2410.11611.54814.698
Cincinnati2001.3900.5150.4000.4350.0350.2950.17012.19515.035
Detroit1971.4570.5380.4370.4620.0200.3050.14712.38615.848
New England2181.6380.5280.5870.4910.0230.2980.14213.90417.954
Arizona1991.6430.6030.5580.4570.0200.3070.11114.15617.940
Kansas City2081.3650.5190.4130.4040.0290.2600.14412.09612.774
Dallas2011.3680.4730.4680.3930.0250.2590.07011.33313.373
San Francisco2051.2630.4290.3460.4540.0340.2680.14110.46813.546
Pittsburgh2061.4660.5730.4710.3880.0150.2330.11712.19418.398
Buffalo1991.2410.3970.4020.4120.0250.2460.13110.50315.101
Washington1971.3050.4470.3810.4260.0410.2340.11210.76113.548
Las Vegas1951.2870.4770.3590.3950.0560.2510.12310.91315.790
N.Y. Jets2001.3000.4250.4150.4350.0150.2350.09510.82514.200
New Orleans2091.1720.3300.4260.4020.0140.1960.0869.63612.014
Philadelphia2031.4240.5270.4140.4480.0150.2660.11312.34517.379
Chicago1981.3640.4750.3740.4750.0300.2780.16211.31315.187
Indianapolis2071.5700.6380.3910.5120.0290.3240.15013.29518.812
LA Rams2001.1500.3600.4050.3550.0300.2100.1159.52512.965
Miami1951.3230.5330.3490.4050.0310.2210.14411.32815.241
Tennessee2001.3300.4500.3150.5100.0400.3500.15510.97013.275
Carolina2011.2690.4230.3730.4480.0250.2290.10010.59713.299