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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 (2977), Defensive Holding (2236), Roughing the Passer (1205), Illegal Contact (732), Face Mask (15 Yards) (718), Illegal Use of Hands (666), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta323109961089643827403303
Cleveland2538382789491720802562
Minnesota2798783996582221413205
Tampa Bay28711086864573325473430
Green Bay336971061247673327313966
Jacksonville26510378768472222912936
Houston2649482834511922322753
Seattle2518477817472421002928
Denver310113861047632626263428
Baltimore2688487933592822903547
LA Chargers29810994885582025753045
N.Y. Giants27010181806452222452879
Cincinnati27710280877593424292981
Detroit28310584904602924153063
New England3541141271065653130023885
Arizona325120110904612228053545
Kansas City28210786836543025022647
Dallas2699193794521422272623
San Francisco2558671917552921222740
Pittsburgh29811696793472424793739
Buffalo2467979825492620802990
Washington2528773828452220942578
Las Vegas24993707511492421243038
N.Y. Jets2558480863461921052798
New Orleans2436889833401819952486
Philadelphia28710783903532324893508
Chicago2679472936543122052955
Indianapolis324132811056673127493881
LA Rams2297181716422318952578
Miami25710468786422822022956
Tennessee26389621018703121782623
Carolina2538573905462021132643
Totals887231082696284118517218137480898239