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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami2779580963582822973167
Minnesota2598878885522822302983
Cleveland2779292856563223233246
Dallas30494102967582925093107
Carolina2468473853542220292733
Cincinnati2478180803482220942709
Arizona287100104785493125082999
Tennessee24510268687421920812834
San Francisco2758587985633323502875
LA Chargers25776681039632320912664
Baltimore3211131049211582627553565
Pittsburgh2659195709382022623208
Washington2389276691381719842611
Atlanta2488373844481920682745
N.Y. Giants2408672729452520182840
Las Vegas350134981107763730733847
Indianapolis2488671854462219942622
Chicago2286181823391517692710
Denver3161101001004612027063346
LA Rams2668982886542622632977
Green Bay25810071796401720702751
Philadelphia29297901004633524763116
Houston316951081057693226583781
Kansas City30412382943542925683168
Seattle29693921073673024833343
Detroit314121841025612726563331
New England29410494923552325093398
Tampa Bay2619975789452522882690
New Orleans36612811211016612330414080
Buffalo28011484793552424223023
N.Y. Jets3231098611411693527043623
Jacksonville27311367866522323053297
Totals897131382729287518717378177558499389