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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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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2061.6360.5530.4760.5530.0490.3300.18413.77716.796
Cleveland2001.3100.4250.4300.4000.0500.2550.09010.74013.285
Minnesota2061.3880.4320.4130.4900.0340.2820.11210.65515.888
Tampa Bay2021.4600.5690.4360.4310.0200.2820.16312.86117.416
Green Bay2181.6010.4630.4910.6010.0370.3170.15112.99118.913
Jacksonville2011.3580.5120.3980.4080.0400.2590.11911.73115.100
Houston2081.3080.4620.4090.4130.0190.2600.09110.97113.712
Seattle2161.1940.3980.3750.3800.0320.2220.11610.01914.148
Denver2081.5240.5580.4180.5140.0340.3080.13012.91317.077
Baltimore2141.2760.4020.4210.4350.0140.2760.13110.88316.738
LA Chargers2031.5170.5470.4730.4530.0340.2910.10312.98015.522
N.Y. Giants2031.3790.5070.4090.4240.0300.2410.11311.44814.537
Cincinnati2041.3820.5050.3970.4410.0340.2940.17212.04914.995
Detroit2011.4680.5470.4330.4680.0200.3030.14412.47816.015
New England2221.6350.5230.5900.4910.0230.2970.14413.93717.946
Arizona2031.6400.5960.5620.4580.0200.3050.11314.14817.906
Kansas City2121.3870.5240.4250.4060.0330.2590.14212.21212.863
Dallas2051.3710.4780.4590.4000.0240.2590.06811.32213.380
San Francisco2081.2840.4280.3610.4620.0340.2740.14410.63013.803
Pittsburgh2101.4670.5670.4670.4000.0140.2430.12412.21018.410
Buffalo2031.2360.3940.3940.4190.0250.2560.13310.50215.143
Washington2011.3130.4580.3880.4180.0400.2290.10910.88613.483
Las Vegas1991.2760.4720.3620.3870.0550.2460.12110.77915.809
N.Y. Jets2031.2960.4290.4090.4330.0150.2320.09410.77814.453
New Orleans2121.1560.3250.4200.3960.0140.1930.0859.50011.844
Philadelphia2071.4200.5360.4110.4400.0140.2610.11112.32417.560
Chicago2021.3760.4800.3810.4750.0300.2770.16311.54015.490
Indianapolis2111.5690.6260.4080.5070.0280.3220.15213.35118.645
LA Rams2041.1470.3680.4020.3480.0290.2060.1139.51512.897
Miami1991.3320.5380.3520.4070.0300.2210.14111.34715.487
Tennessee2041.3380.4560.3140.5100.0440.3530.15711.02013.480
Carolina2051.2780.4240.3800.4490.0240.2340.10710.75613.312