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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 (2881), Defensive Holding (2171), Roughing the Passer (1161), Illegal Contact (715), Face Mask (15 Yards) (708), Illegal Use of Hands (654), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (61), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (4), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta1961.6020.5410.4740.5360.0460.3160.19413.66316.546
Cleveland1871.2940.4220.4220.4010.0430.2570.08610.69013.075
Minnesota1951.3740.4210.4050.4970.0260.2920.11310.49715.841
Tampa Bay1871.4280.5290.4330.4390.0210.2940.17612.66816.840
Green Bay2041.6080.4610.5150.5930.0290.3140.15713.05919.098
Jacksonville1901.3840.5420.4000.4000.0420.2470.11612.02615.332
Houston1971.3200.4620.4160.4160.0200.2540.09111.11713.843
Seattle2031.2020.3990.3790.3790.0340.2120.1089.99514.128
Denver1961.5360.5770.4180.5050.0360.3010.13313.05116.980
Baltimore2001.3050.4100.4250.4500.0150.2800.13511.17517.170
LA Chargers1921.5000.5420.4740.4430.0310.2970.10913.08315.286
N.Y. Giants1921.3850.5050.4220.4170.0310.2340.11511.48414.849
Cincinnati1931.4090.5130.4090.4460.0360.3060.17612.43015.259
Detroit1901.4420.5260.4420.4530.0210.3050.14712.25815.805
New England2111.6400.5310.5830.4930.0240.2990.14213.84818.118
Arizona1921.6720.6250.5630.4580.0210.3130.11514.48418.151
Kansas City1971.3760.5280.4010.4160.0300.2690.14712.12712.888
Dallas1941.3610.4690.4640.3970.0210.2580.06711.25313.144
San Francisco1971.2590.4310.3450.4420.0360.2590.14210.39613.340
Pittsburgh1971.4670.5790.4670.3910.0100.2340.12212.27418.360
Buffalo1891.2490.3920.4070.4180.0260.2490.13210.46615.228
Washington1891.3120.4550.3860.4230.0370.2330.11610.97413.455
Las Vegas1881.2820.4790.3620.3880.0530.2610.12210.98915.633
N.Y. Jets1931.3160.4300.4150.4400.0210.2330.09810.85014.554
New Orleans1991.1660.3270.4270.3970.0150.1860.0909.61311.965
Philadelphia1951.3900.5080.4050.4460.0100.2560.11312.08216.938
Chicago1891.3920.4870.3760.4870.0320.2860.16411.49215.418
Indianapolis1991.5930.6580.3870.5230.0250.3320.15113.52819.116
LA Rams1901.1630.3680.4050.3580.0320.2160.1219.74713.242
Miami1881.3140.5320.3460.4100.0210.2230.14911.41515.271
Tennessee1921.3330.4530.3070.5210.0360.3590.15110.97913.229
Carolina1951.2720.4260.3690.4510.0260.2310.10310.60513.328