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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 (2886), Defensive Holding (2172), Roughing the Passer (1166), Illegal Contact (716), Face Mask (15 Yards) (708), Illegal Use of Hands (655), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (61), Tripping (28), Roughing the Kicker (4), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta314106931059623826783243
Cleveland2427979758481619992445
Minnesota2688279975572220473089
Tampa Bay27010182824553324093176
Green Bay329951051216643226743911
Jacksonville26310376768472222852913
Houston2609182824501821902727
Seattle2468277787442320502891
Denver30111382997592625583328
Baltimore2618285903562722353434
LA Chargers28810491856572125122935
N.Y. Giants2669781806452222052851
Cincinnati2729979867593423992945
Detroit27410084864582823293003
New England3461121231045633029223823
Arizona321120108884602227813485
Kansas City27210479836543024062554
Dallas2649190774501321832550
San Francisco2498569877512820572640
Pittsburgh28911492772462424183617
Buffalo2367477795472519782878
Washington2488673807442220742543
Las Vegas24190687310492320662939
N.Y. Jets2548380854451920942809
New Orleans2326585793371819132381
Philadelphia27410279872502223863346
Chicago2649271936543121752916
Indianapolis317131771045663026923804
LA Rams2227177686412318622531
Miami24710065774422821462871
Tennessee25687591007692921082540
Carolina2488372885452020682599
Totals863430242619277117616747997289995717