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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 (3281), Defensive Holding (2400), Roughing the Passer (1359), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Contact (759), Illegal Use of Hands (718), Personal Foul (237), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (70), Tripping (31), Roughing the Kicker (1), and Clipping (1)

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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami363510.0080.0680.092
Minnesota373890.0080.0660.088
Cleveland367100.0080.0690.098
Dallas375840.0090.0720.089
Carolina369720.0070.0600.080
Cincinnati376660.0070.0590.076
Arizona376520.0080.0720.087
Tennessee371550.0070.0620.086
San Francisco381540.0080.0690.088
LA Chargers366470.0080.0640.082
Baltimore394950.0090.0740.095
Pittsburgh380170.0070.0630.089
Washington364500.0070.0580.078
Atlanta376070.0070.0590.079
N.Y. Giants373360.0070.0560.078
Las Vegas368770.0100.0900.113
Indianapolis386550.0070.0550.074
Chicago364690.0070.0520.080
Denver388100.0080.0720.089
LA Rams374520.0080.0640.085
Green Bay396340.0070.0560.076
Philadelphia389120.0080.0680.085
Houston382520.0090.0740.104
Kansas City390820.0080.0710.087
Seattle391040.0080.0680.091
Detroit370950.0090.0750.095
New England412650.0070.0640.088
Tampa Bay372980.0080.0660.080
New Orleans392490.0100.0810.108
Buffalo375860.0080.0710.088
N.Y. Jets372040.0090.0790.106
Jacksonville366750.0080.0650.093