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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami301106861024612924983382
Minnesota29110287957583125143305
Cleveland305101101938593525653636
Dallas3291011071097683327213366
Carolina2719681903562222543080
Cincinnati2718984914532622772958
Arizona318112115865553227643364
Tennessee27811082788492123433266
San Francisco31196961145733826733393
LA Chargers291927611010682723733030
Baltimore3441211109913622929433782
Pittsburgh288971067510402224533429
Washington26410184763421821973013
Atlanta2699177925532022472987
N.Y. Giants2619379799482521812988
Las Vegas3821421111199834033594185
Indianapolis2739582904502322042957
Chicago2517184914451619512979
Denver3351181061054642128703533
LA Rams2859688946582824243236
Green Bay28010978856441822603041
Philadelphia316105981084673826693341
Houston3421061181098713428764081
Kansas City331129871076613527993420
Seattle330104971234773427533693
Detroit336130851136652928193571
New England30911197973592426383635
Tampa Bay286113808310472624863026
New Orleans39213611912017692732724336
Buffalo31812396936663027393378
N.Y. Jets3551219512412754029753985
Jacksonville29011971936562424383453
Totals9803343629633143216190289582535108829