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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 (2974), Defensive Holding (2231), Roughing the Passer (1203), Illegal Contact (732), Face Mask (15 Yards) (718), Illegal Use of Hands (666), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (69), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2749479953582822663138
Minnesota2588778885522822202957
Cleveland2759291846553223163204
Dallas30192101967582924863084
Carolina2438273843532220002705
Cincinnati2428177783472120482657
Arizona287100104785493125082999
Tennessee24210266677421920592799
San Francisco2708485965623323152811
LA Chargers25375671028632320742595
Baltimore3171121048911582627373514
Pittsburgh2659195709382022623208
Washington2339274661361619372574
Atlanta2468272844481920622721
N.Y. Giants2378671709442520042799
Las Vegas348134961107763730573827
Indianapolis2488671854462219942622
Chicago2276081823391517592695
Denver311110100954581926773279
LA Rams2658981886542622502962
Green Bay25510070776391720502711
Philadelphia2869489984633524383080
Houston313951071037673126293736
Kansas City29511980913522824983074
Seattle29292911053673024643298
Detroit308116841015612725813262
New England29110491923552324683369
Tampa Bay2529471789452521922598
New Orleans36112711010915602330054034
Buffalo27511283773532423852969
N.Y. Jets3221098511411693526963608
Jacksonville26911166856522322753241
Totals886131042693283718517198127471298130