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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 (2998), Defensive Holding (2243), Roughing the Passer (1215), Illegal Contact (732), Face Mask (15 Yards) (724), Illegal Use of Hands (672), 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
Atlanta2021.6190.5540.4800.5350.0450.3170.18813.73316.495
Cleveland1951.3030.4260.4260.4000.0460.2510.08710.67213.215
Minnesota2011.4030.4330.4230.4980.0300.2890.10910.77116.020
Tampa Bay1971.4620.5630.4370.4370.0200.2890.16812.98017.437
Green Bay2131.5920.4600.4980.5870.0380.3190.15512.91118.695
Jacksonville1961.3620.5260.3980.3980.0410.2500.11711.81615.133
Houston2031.3100.4680.4090.4090.0200.2510.09411.07413.640
Seattle2111.1900.3980.3650.3840.0330.2230.1149.95313.877
Denver2031.5320.5570.4240.5170.0340.3100.12812.95616.961
Baltimore2091.2870.4020.4210.4450.0140.2820.13411.00516.995
LA Chargers1981.5100.5510.4750.4490.0250.2930.10113.03015.389
N.Y. Giants1981.3740.5100.4090.4140.0300.2320.11111.39414.596
Cincinnati1991.3970.5180.4020.4370.0350.2960.17112.25615.111
Detroit1961.4590.5410.4340.4640.0200.3060.14812.41315.852
New England2171.6410.5300.5850.4930.0230.3000.14313.93117.968
Arizona1981.6520.6060.5610.4600.0200.3080.11114.22718.030
Kansas City2071.3620.5170.4150.4010.0290.2610.14512.08712.787
Dallas2001.3700.4750.4700.3950.0200.2600.07011.38513.420
San Francisco2041.2600.4310.3480.4460.0340.2700.14210.50013.578
Pittsburgh2051.4680.5760.4680.3900.0150.2340.11712.22418.415
Buffalo1981.2420.3990.3990.4140.0250.2470.13110.50515.101
Washington1961.3010.4490.3780.4230.0410.2300.11210.76513.485
Las Vegas1941.2940.4790.3610.3970.0570.2530.12410.96915.871
N.Y. Jets1991.2910.4270.4020.4370.0150.2360.09510.67314.126
New Orleans2081.1730.3270.4280.4040.0140.1970.0879.63512.000
Philadelphia2021.4210.5300.4110.4460.0150.2620.11412.32217.366
Chicago1971.3600.4770.3710.4720.0300.2740.15711.25915.076
Indianapolis2061.5780.6410.3930.5150.0290.3250.15013.35918.903
LA Rams1991.1560.3620.4070.3570.0300.2110.1169.57313.030
Miami1941.3250.5360.3510.4020.0310.2160.14411.35115.237
Tennessee1991.3220.4470.3120.5080.0400.3520.15610.94513.181
Carolina2001.2650.4250.3650.4500.0250.2300.10010.56513.215