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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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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta36012210612110734030433743
Cleveland28489958712542123422920
Minnesota30295881078612423133438
Tampa Bay31612395916593427623733
Green Bay3641101091358733429534252
Jacksonville29511488849522425273265
Houston29310591924582224623122
Seattle2769684877522623233271
Denver339118971177702928513867
Baltimore2909596953602824643852
LA Chargers329123100968602328213323
N.Y. Giants30111088947522624913123
Cincinnati30611289968613626263247
Detroit31211597964633026793381
New England3841251331177713432604195
Arizona3491261161015682429993835
Kansas City31912097947583127893006
Dallas29510199885571724402858
San Francisco28595791047633223633073
Pittsburgh325126101886522626964048
Buffalo2678785886532822753210
Washington2819882918512423422884
Las Vegas283101779113603024013584
N.Y. Jets2829290944512223633144
New Orleans2637691933491921772732
Philadelphia30611690933562526603767
Chicago297104831017603625193316
Indianapolis352140921146753530204269
LA Rams2568384827492621052817
Miami28511175926483123993292
Tennessee29295731129773323912968
Carolina2769382956512423392872
Totals9764341629523136216189789482195108407