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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2809680983592923233196
Minnesota2689279916543023113063
Cleveland2909497898583424363453
Dallas30696102967582925293120
Carolina2508674863552220642777
Cincinnati2528182833492321242763
Arizona293102107795503125643069
Tennessee25410473707441921662956
San Francisco28085881025653423772984
LA Chargers26580711049642421542758
Baltimore3241141069211582627883607
Pittsburgh2679197709382022753229
Washington2439476712401720192693
Atlanta2548674864481921152816
N.Y. Giants2448672769472520372865
Las Vegas3591391011117773731583965
Indianapolis2538972864472220322714
Chicago2346282863411518092776
Denver3181101011014622127273368
LA Rams2729085906562723143068
Green Bay26510174826421821262849
Philadelphia29899931014633525173156
Houston320951111067703327073812
Kansas City30812383964553126033205
Seattle29995921083673025063368
Detroit318122841055622826863384
New England29910894933562325513461
Tampa Bay27010477809452523652858
New Orleans37013011411016612330764114
Buffalo28711686814562424713081
N.Y. Jets3331138711812723727923756
Jacksonville27511367886532323123310
Totals9148319627812935194177283477034101594