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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 (3017), Defensive Holding (2253), Roughing the Passer (1224), Illegal Contact (735), Face Mask (15 Yards) (729), Illegal Use of Hands (675), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (29), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami1951.4210.4870.4100.4920.0150.2970.14411.77916.241
Minnesota2021.2820.4360.3860.4360.0250.2570.13911.04014.767
Cleveland1961.4130.4690.4690.4340.0310.2860.16311.85216.561
Dallas2011.5120.4680.5070.4780.0350.2890.14412.48315.458
Carolina2011.2240.4180.3630.4230.0150.2690.10910.09513.597
Cincinnati2001.2350.4050.4000.4000.0150.2400.11010.47013.545
Arizona1991.4420.5030.5230.3920.0250.2460.15612.60315.070
Tennessee2001.2250.5100.3400.3400.0350.2100.09510.40514.170
San Francisco2051.3410.4150.4240.4780.0240.3070.16111.46314.024
LA Chargers1991.2910.3820.3420.5180.0450.3170.11610.50813.387
Baltimore2101.5290.5380.4950.4380.0520.2760.12413.11916.976
Pittsburgh2061.2860.4420.4610.3400.0440.1840.09710.98115.573
Washington1971.2080.4670.3860.3500.0050.1930.08610.07113.254
Atlanta2031.2220.4090.3600.4140.0200.2360.09410.18713.522
N.Y. Giants1991.2060.4320.3620.3620.0450.2260.12610.14114.271
Las Vegas1951.7950.6870.5030.5640.0360.3900.19015.75919.728
Indianapolis2071.1980.4150.3430.4110.0190.2220.1069.63312.667
Chicago1981.1520.3080.4090.4140.0150.1970.0768.93413.687
Denver2041.5490.5390.4900.4900.0200.2990.09813.26516.402
LA Rams2001.3300.4450.4100.4400.0300.2700.13011.31514.885
Green Bay2141.2060.4670.3320.3690.0280.1870.0799.67312.855
Philadelphia2031.4380.4780.4430.4930.0200.3100.17212.19715.350
Houston2041.5490.4660.5290.5150.0340.3380.15713.02918.534
Kansas City2081.4620.5910.3940.4520.0140.2600.13912.34615.231
Seattle2121.3960.4390.4340.5050.0140.3160.14211.71215.769
Detroit1971.5940.6140.4260.5180.0250.3100.13713.48216.909
New England2181.3490.4770.4310.4220.0140.2520.10611.50915.587
Tampa Bay1981.3180.5000.3790.3940.0450.2270.12611.55613.586
New Orleans2091.7510.6120.5360.5260.0770.2920.11014.55019.522
Buffalo1991.4070.5730.4220.3970.0150.2760.12112.17115.191
N.Y. Jets2001.6150.5450.4300.5700.0550.3450.17513.52018.115
Jacksonville1971.3860.5740.3400.4370.0300.2640.11711.70116.736