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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 (783), 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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TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami369390.0080.0680.092
Minnesota380110.0080.0660.087
Cleveland373350.0080.0690.097
Dallas382060.0090.0710.088
Carolina375830.0070.0600.082
Cincinnati386460.0070.0590.077
Arizona382710.0080.0720.088
Tennessee377310.0070.0620.087
San Francisco388900.0080.0690.087
LA Chargers372620.0080.0640.081
Baltimore401090.0090.0730.094
Pittsburgh386600.0070.0630.089
Washington371030.0070.0590.081
Atlanta382160.0070.0590.078
N.Y. Giants379460.0070.0570.079
Las Vegas374840.0100.0900.112
Indianapolis392730.0070.0560.075
Chicago370460.0070.0530.080
Denver393990.0090.0730.090
LA Rams383430.0070.0630.084
Green Bay402180.0070.0560.076
Philadelphia395460.0080.0670.084
Houston388920.0090.0740.105
Kansas City398820.0080.0700.086
Seattle396870.0080.0690.093
Detroit377660.0090.0750.095
New England418570.0070.0630.087
Tampa Bay379210.0080.0660.080
New Orleans398830.0100.0820.109
Buffalo381780.0080.0720.088
N.Y. Jets378450.0090.0790.105
Jacksonville372760.0080.0650.093