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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 (3331), Defensive Holding (2448), Roughing the Passer (1370), Illegal Contact (779), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (725), 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
Miami2141.4070.4950.4020.4770.0190.2850.13611.67315.804
Minnesota2201.3230.4640.3950.4320.0320.2640.14111.42715.023
Cleveland2141.4210.4670.4720.4350.0370.2760.16411.93916.977
Dallas2201.4910.4590.4820.4950.0320.3090.15012.33615.277
Carolina2191.2330.4340.3700.4110.0140.2560.10010.24713.895
Cincinnati2231.2150.3990.3770.4080.0180.2380.11710.21113.265
Arizona2181.4590.5140.5280.3940.0230.2520.14712.67915.431
Tennessee2191.2650.5020.3740.3520.0370.2190.09610.66214.890
San Francisco2261.3760.4250.4250.5040.0220.3230.16811.82715.013
LA Chargers2171.3320.4150.3500.5070.0460.3130.12410.84313.866
Baltimore2281.5040.5260.4820.4340.0570.2720.12712.84216.522
Pittsburgh2251.2710.4310.4670.3290.0440.1780.09810.85815.196
Washington2151.2090.4650.3810.3490.0140.1910.08410.02313.665
Atlanta2211.2170.4120.3480.4160.0230.2400.09010.16713.516
N.Y. Giants2171.1940.4240.3590.3640.0410.2210.1159.96813.696
Las Vegas2141.7850.6640.5190.5560.0420.3880.18715.69619.556
Indianapolis2251.1960.4130.3560.4000.0180.2220.1029.64013.009
Chicago2161.1530.3190.3890.4210.0190.2080.0748.94013.583
Denver2221.5090.5320.4770.4730.0180.2880.09512.92815.914
LA Rams2221.2840.4320.3960.4230.0270.2610.12610.91914.577
Green Bay2331.2020.4680.3350.3650.0260.1890.0779.70013.052
Philadelphia2221.4190.4730.4370.4860.0180.3020.17112.00515.027
Houston2221.5320.4680.5320.4910.0360.3200.15312.86518.338
Kansas City2291.4410.5590.3800.4670.0260.2660.15312.17914.869
Seattle2301.4220.4430.4220.5350.0170.3350.14811.88316.009
Detroit2151.5580.6000.3950.5260.0280.3020.13513.06516.567
New England2371.3000.4680.4090.4050.0130.2450.10111.10515.291
Tampa Bay2181.3070.5140.3670.3810.0460.2160.11911.39413.876
New Orleans2271.7090.5950.5240.5150.0750.2950.11514.27818.855
Buffalo2191.4430.5570.4340.4250.0270.3010.13712.41615.324
N.Y. Jets2181.6240.5550.4310.5690.0550.3440.18313.60118.211
Jacksonville2151.3440.5530.3260.4330.0280.2600.11211.28416.037