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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 (3178), Defensive Holding (2337), Roughing the Passer (1301), Face Mask (15 Yards) (756), Illegal Contact (753), Illegal Use of Hands (699), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2111.6300.5500.4830.5450.0470.3270.18013.80116.773
Cleveland2051.3170.4240.4240.4100.0540.2590.09310.80013.317
Minnesota2101.4000.4330.4140.4950.0380.2860.11410.71016.052
Tampa Bay2061.4510.5630.4320.4270.0240.2770.16512.72317.262
Green Bay2231.6010.4750.4840.5960.0360.3180.14812.94618.825
Jacksonville2051.3710.5170.4100.4000.0440.2540.11711.79015.185
Houston2121.3020.4670.4010.4100.0190.2550.09010.92013.642
Seattle2201.1860.4000.3680.3770.0320.2230.1149.95514.100
Denver2121.5240.5470.4250.5190.0330.3110.12712.87317.170
Baltimore2181.2890.4130.4220.4360.0140.2750.12810.95917.060
LA Chargers2071.5310.5600.4730.4540.0340.2850.10113.08715.657
N.Y. Giants2071.4010.5220.4150.4250.0290.2420.11111.63314.676
Cincinnati2081.3850.5140.3990.4330.0340.2880.16812.02915.038
Detroit2061.4510.5440.4320.4560.0190.2960.14112.38815.820
New England2271.6430.5370.5770.4980.0220.2950.14514.00417.938
Arizona2081.6440.5960.5580.4660.0190.3080.11114.15418.072
Kansas City2171.3730.5160.4240.4010.0320.2580.13812.12912.705
Dallas2101.3670.4710.4620.4000.0240.2620.07611.34813.262
San Francisco2131.2770.4230.3620.4600.0330.2720.14110.54513.704
Pittsburgh2141.4770.5840.4580.3970.0190.2380.12112.29918.528
Buffalo2081.2360.3990.3940.4130.0240.2500.13010.52414.981
Washington2051.3020.4540.3850.4150.0390.2290.10710.81013.449
Las Vegas2041.2840.4660.3580.4070.0540.2700.12710.86816.059
N.Y. Jets2081.3080.4330.4130.4330.0190.2310.10110.94714.673
New Orleans2181.1740.3300.4130.4170.0140.2160.0879.68312.083
Philadelphia2121.3960.5280.4060.4290.0140.2550.10812.09917.179
Chicago2071.3720.4690.3860.4730.0340.2750.16411.57015.290
Indianapolis2161.5880.6340.4120.5140.0280.3330.15713.62519.306
LA Rams2081.1590.3750.3990.3510.0340.2070.1119.59612.952
Miami2041.3330.5340.3480.4170.0290.2210.14211.34315.343
Tennessee2091.3440.4500.3250.5120.0430.3540.15311.01413.598
Carolina2101.2620.4190.3760.4430.0240.2330.10510.60013.248