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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
Atlanta3371149811410683828383460
Cleveland26285868010511821482657
Minnesota28689851017582321953273
Tampa Bay29511588874573325983518
Green Bay3491011071318693328324123
Jacksonville27310380828522423583035
Houston2729685864541922822852
Seattle2588681827482521643056
Denver318116881077642726963567
Baltimore2738690933592823293582
LA Chargers30811196927592126353151
N.Y. Giants28010383866492323242951
Cincinnati28210381907603524583059
Detroit29511087944612925083219
New England3631161311095663230943984
Arizona333121114934622328723635
Kansas City29411190867553025892727
Dallas2819894825531423212743
San Francisco2678975967573022112871
Pittsburgh30811998843512625643866
Buffalo2518080855522721323074
Washington2649278848462221882710
Las Vegas25494727711492421453146
N.Y. Jets2638783883471921882934
New Orleans2456989843411820142511
Philadelphia29411185913542325513635
Chicago2789777966563323313129
Indianapolis331132861076683228173934
LA Rams2347582716422319412631
Miami26510770816442822583082
Tennessee27393641049723222482750
Carolina2628778925482222052729
Totals9148319627812935194177283477034101594