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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 occurring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (3516), Defensive Holding (2617), Roughing the Passer (1452), Illegal Contact (827), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (762), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (32), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2281.4210.4960.4040.4910.0180.2940.13611.75015.908
Minnesota2351.2810.4600.3790.4130.0300.2550.13211.05514.523
Cleveland2281.4080.4610.4610.4430.0350.2810.15411.77216.711
Dallas2361.4790.4700.4750.4830.0300.3010.14812.27115.097
Carolina2331.2150.4290.3730.3860.0210.2400.09910.16713.687
Cincinnati2371.1980.3920.3710.4050.0170.2410.12210.12712.966
Arizona2321.4010.4960.5040.3790.0220.2410.13812.12514.784
Tennessee2331.2700.4980.3780.3560.0340.2320.10310.79814.996
San Francisco2421.3510.4210.4170.4830.0290.3100.16111.59514.620
LA Chargers2321.3190.4180.3490.4960.0430.3060.12510.86213.651
Baltimore2431.4940.5140.4810.4320.0530.2630.11912.62116.350
Pittsburgh2391.2430.4230.4560.3220.0420.1760.09610.54814.623
Washington2291.2010.4410.3930.3540.0130.1970.08310.05213.769
Atlanta2351.1740.3960.3320.4090.0210.2300.0899.78713.085
N.Y. Giants2331.2190.4330.3690.3690.0430.2360.11610.25813.803
Las Vegas2281.7410.6490.5000.5480.0390.3820.17515.23219.123
Indianapolis2391.2010.4060.3720.3970.0170.2220.1009.71513.134
Chicago2301.1610.3300.3960.4040.0260.2000.0708.99614.048
Denver2361.4960.5250.4620.4830.0170.2970.10212.79715.869
LA Rams2361.2630.4280.3900.4070.0250.2500.11910.65314.106
Green Bay2471.1860.4620.3320.3600.0240.1900.0819.60312.761
Philadelphia2371.3710.4560.4220.4680.0210.2830.16511.51514.359
Houston2361.4960.4620.5250.4700.0340.3010.14412.56817.572
Kansas City2441.4430.5490.3810.4710.0330.2700.15212.16015.172
Seattle2451.3800.4240.4080.5220.0160.3270.13911.44915.233
Detroit2291.5680.5940.4150.5240.0260.3060.13113.32816.598
New England2511.3030.4660.4020.4180.0120.2550.11211.10815.243
Tampa Bay2331.2920.5150.3560.3730.0470.2060.11211.15513.511
New Orleans2411.7220.5770.5440.5270.0710.3070.12414.43218.971
Buffalo2341.4270.5560.4360.4100.0260.2910.13212.32515.115
N.Y. Jets2321.5860.5470.4220.5520.0520.3320.17213.26317.987
Jacksonville2311.3330.5370.3420.4240.0260.2510.10811.10415.680