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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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TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta382160.0090.0800.098
Cleveland373350.0080.0630.078
Minnesota380110.0080.0620.092
Tampa Bay379210.0080.0730.099
Green Bay402180.0090.0740.106
Jacksonville372760.0080.0680.088
Houston388920.0080.0640.081
Seattle396870.0070.0590.083
Denver393990.0090.0720.098
Baltimore401090.0070.0620.097
LA Chargers372620.0090.0760.089
N.Y. Giants379460.0080.0660.083
Cincinnati386460.0080.0680.084
Detroit377660.0080.0710.090
New England418570.0090.0780.100
Arizona382710.0090.0790.101
Kansas City398820.0080.0700.075
Dallas382060.0080.0650.077
San Francisco387420.0070.0610.079
Pittsburgh386600.0080.0700.105
Buffalo381780.0070.0600.084
Washington371030.0080.0630.078
Las Vegas374840.0080.0640.096
N.Y. Jets378450.0080.0630.083
New Orleans398830.0070.0550.069
Philadelphia395460.0080.0680.095
Chicago370460.0080.0680.090
Indianapolis392730.0090.0770.109
LA Rams381950.0070.0550.074
Miami369390.0080.0650.089
Tennessee377310.0080.0640.079
Carolina375830.0070.0620.076