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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 (3098), Defensive Holding (2286), Roughing the Passer (1254), Illegal Contact (746), Face Mask (15 Yards) (741), Illegal Use of Hands (682), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami346420.0080.0670.092
Minnesota356390.0080.0650.086
Cleveland350690.0080.0690.098
Dallas356320.0090.0710.088
Carolina353140.0070.0580.079
Cincinnati356620.0070.0600.077
Arizona358300.0080.0720.086
Tennessee353440.0070.0610.084
San Francisco360890.0080.0660.083
LA Chargers348750.0080.0620.079
Baltimore377240.0090.0740.096
Pittsburgh360480.0070.0630.090
Washington348230.0070.0580.077
Atlanta358230.0070.0590.079
N.Y. Giants356460.0070.0570.080
Las Vegas350240.0100.0900.113
Indianapolis369950.0070.0550.073
Chicago347990.0070.0520.080
Denver372080.0090.0730.091
LA Rams354410.0080.0650.087
Green Bay378290.0070.0560.075
Philadelphia370630.0080.0680.085
Houston365620.0090.0740.104
Kansas City370570.0080.0700.086
Seattle374240.0080.0670.090
Detroit354050.0090.0760.096
New England395020.0080.0650.088
Tampa Bay351900.0080.0670.081
New Orleans374000.0100.0820.110
Buffalo356010.0080.0690.087
N.Y. Jets353260.0090.0790.106
Jacksonville350480.0080.0660.094