Automatic First Downs - 2009 to Present
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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 (3729), Defensive Holding (2752), Roughing the Passer (1529), Illegal Contact (896), Illegal Use of Hands (797), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Unsportsmanlike Conduct (317), Personal Foul (237), Horse Collar Tackle (233), Taunting (121), Face Mask (112), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (32), Lowering the Head to Make Forcible Contact (4), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)
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