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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 (3340), Defensive Holding (2466), Roughing the Passer (1375), Illegal Contact (782), Face Mask (15 Yards) (771), Illegal Use of Hands (729), 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
Atlanta2221.6260.5540.4770.5450.0450.3290.18013.75216.874
Cleveland2151.3210.4140.4420.4050.0560.2510.09810.89313.581
Minnesota2211.3850.4340.3980.4980.0360.2850.11310.60615.810
Tampa Bay2191.4470.5660.4340.4160.0270.2690.15512.65817.114
Green Bay2341.5600.4700.4660.5810.0340.3160.14512.64518.218
Jacksonville2161.3700.5280.4120.3890.0420.2410.11111.71815.139
Houston2231.3230.4800.4080.4130.0180.2600.09911.13014.094
Seattle2311.1990.4200.3640.3770.0300.2250.11310.10014.199
Denver2231.5200.5290.4350.5250.0310.3140.13012.78517.341
Baltimore2291.2750.4190.4240.4150.0130.2620.12210.84716.917
LA Chargers2181.5180.5730.4590.4400.0370.2750.10613.03215.289
N.Y. Giants2181.3900.5140.4040.4310.0320.2390.11911.51814.532
Cincinnati2231.3720.5020.3990.4300.0360.2740.16111.77614.561
Detroit2161.4580.5420.4490.4440.0190.2920.13912.49515.704
New England2381.6130.5250.5590.4920.0290.2980.14313.69717.626
Arizona2191.5980.5800.5300.4610.0230.3110.11013.74017.680
Kansas City2301.3910.5260.4220.4090.0300.2520.13512.13513.074
Dallas2211.3530.4620.4570.4030.0230.2620.07711.23113.271
San Francisco2261.2610.4200.3500.4600.0310.2790.14210.45613.597
Pittsburgh2261.4420.5580.4510.3890.0270.2300.11511.97317.978
Buffalo2201.2180.4000.3860.4000.0270.2410.12710.40914.659
Washington2161.3060.4540.3840.4210.0370.2360.11110.87513.375
Las Vegas2151.3160.4700.3580.4230.0600.2790.14011.16716.670
N.Y. Jets2191.2970.4200.4160.4340.0180.2330.10010.83614.402
New Orleans2281.1540.3330.3990.4080.0130.2150.0839.54811.982
Philadelphia2231.3770.5200.4080.4170.0130.2510.11211.98216.915
Chicago2171.3780.4840.3870.4650.0320.2760.16611.69115.355
Indianapolis2261.5620.6190.4070.5090.0270.3360.15513.39818.912
LA Rams2221.1530.3740.3780.3690.0320.2210.1179.48212.689
Miami2141.3320.5190.3500.4300.0280.2240.14511.21015.383
Tennessee2201.3450.4410.3410.5090.0410.3500.15011.02713.627
Carolina2201.2550.4230.3730.4320.0270.2320.10910.63213.055