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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) (742), 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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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1991.4070.4820.4020.4920.0150.2960.14611.67316.060
Minnesota2061.3010.4470.3830.4420.0290.2620.14611.21814.869
Cleveland2011.4430.4680.4830.4430.0400.2890.16912.11917.179
Dallas2051.4930.4680.4980.4680.0340.2830.14112.33715.220
Carolina2051.2200.4200.3610.4200.0150.2680.10710.06813.546
Cincinnati2041.2350.3970.4020.4070.0150.2400.11310.41213.544
Arizona2031.4430.5020.5270.3890.0250.2460.15312.63115.118
Tennessee2041.2450.5100.3580.3430.0340.2160.09310.61814.490
San Francisco2081.3460.4090.4230.4900.0240.3130.16311.42814.346
LA Chargers2031.3050.3940.3500.5120.0440.3150.11810.61113.586
Baltimore2141.5140.5330.4950.4300.0510.2710.12113.02816.855
Pittsburgh2101.2710.4330.4620.3330.0430.1810.09510.83315.376
Washington2011.2090.4680.3780.3530.0100.1990.08510.04513.398
Atlanta2061.2330.4170.3590.4170.0190.2330.09210.26713.670
N.Y. Giants2031.2020.4240.3550.3740.0440.2320.12310.03414.113
Las Vegas1991.8040.6980.5080.5580.0350.3870.18615.86919.925
Indianapolis2111.1990.4220.3410.4080.0190.2230.1049.63012.863
Chicago2021.1580.3070.4060.4260.0150.2030.0748.95513.743
Denver2091.5220.5260.4830.4830.0190.2970.10013.04816.115
LA Rams2041.3330.4410.4170.4410.0290.2750.13211.34315.039
Green Bay2181.2160.4630.3390.3760.0280.1930.0839.75213.069
Philadelphia2071.4400.4780.4490.4880.0190.3040.16912.15915.246
Houston2081.5380.4570.5340.5100.0340.3370.15913.01418.327
Kansas City2121.4530.5800.3920.4530.0190.2590.14612.27815.118
Seattle2161.3840.4400.4260.5000.0140.3100.13911.60215.593
Detroit2011.5820.6070.4180.5220.0250.3080.13913.36316.836
New England2221.3470.4860.4230.4190.0140.2520.10411.49115.590
Tampa Bay2021.3370.5150.3810.3960.0450.2230.12411.70814.149
New Orleans2121.7450.6130.5380.5190.0750.2880.10814.50919.406
Buffalo2031.4140.5710.4240.3990.0200.2760.11812.17215.177
N.Y. Jets2031.6400.5570.4290.5810.0590.3550.18213.75418.502
Jacksonville2011.3680.5620.3330.4380.0300.2640.11411.50216.468