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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami297104851023612924723358
Minnesota28610184947573024723280
Cleveland30199100928583425293607
Dallas3261011061077673226973351
Carolina2659479883562222062971
Cincinnati2618484864512522062876
Arizona314110114855553227283290
Tennessee27210980767482023033197
San Francisco30696951105713726313344
LA Chargers287907610910682723493003
Baltimore3401201109613602929053752
Pittsburgh282961047210392124073393
Washington2549779753411820982855
Atlanta2689077925532022372982
N.Y. Giants2518976769472521052930
Las Vegas3791411111188824033364172
Indianapolis2639176904502321152844
Chicago2456982894431619032914
Denver3281141041044632128043472
LA Rams2829488936572723913175
Green Bay27710777856441822303016
Philadelphia311104961064653626303310
Houston3351031151088713428333996
Kansas City327128861056603427663386
Seattle31899951194753326643550
Detroit330126841126652927683523
New England30811197963582426323624
Tampa Bay284111808310472624742983
New Orleans38313311811517652631894221
Buffalo31112194906642826783311
N.Y. Jets3511209212412754029313926
Jacksonville28611770926552323913427
Totals9628336929143089213187187981080107039