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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 (3435), Defensive Holding (2549), Roughing the Passer (1423), Illegal Contact (809), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (747), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta36912611012210744031123808
Cleveland29392979112562224003045
Minnesota318102911129652624613589
Tampa Bay329127100946603428503893
Green Bay3781131151408763430764394
Jacksonville309117958710532626363345
Houston30010993934582225213179
Seattle2879989907552724153391
Denver3511191041208733129753993
Baltimore2989899973622925493914
LA Chargers338127102998622428973457
N.Y. Giants31511891977522626013239
Cincinnati31111391988613626643306
Detroit3271221001004663228013492
New England3921291351197723433284298
Arizona3581281181055702530633929
Kansas City330124100977593228553053
Dallas307103103945611825393003
San Francisco29197811058633224143135
Pittsburgh340127108956562628004190
Buffalo2779287916562923713340
Washington29110087948532424192975
Las Vegas291102809513633224773671
N.Y. Jets2889392974532424223191
New Orleans2707791984532022402796
Philadelphia31111793943562527073854
Chicago308107861067603625993424
Indianapolis361143931196803731174373
LA Rams2618487837492621432855
Miami29411577956503224723492
Tennessee30199771139783324723041
Carolina2809583966522423732899
Totals10074351430553236221195791884769111564