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Automatic First Downs

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 occuring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (311), Defensive Holding (170), Roughing the Passer (125), Illegal Contact (59), Face Mask (15 Yards) (53), Illegal Use of Hands (31), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (30), and Tripping (1)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston20279251117199
Atlanta261268031194272
Seattle15924031137136
N.Y. Jets38101115294311464
Buffalo22597151170273
New England18826243158205
Baltimore351969162288460
Chicago3011126110254343
Jacksonville37121311183299541
Indianapolis236106132179307
New Orleans4217159151326520
Tampa Bay224611174178265
San Francisco267118054254257
Arizona327187042270331
Carolina2910613071212245
Las Vegas3415512183289355
LA Rams15446142113233
Pittsburgh17266322102194
Denver1445501099181
Dallas3012611063267346
Miami23896053213252
Philadelphia19775032164254
Cincinnati16861110138178
Detroit26969282212305
Minnesota17854031156170
Kansas City3591610054280373
Washington19658052157235
Tennessee231336132188275
Green Bay259410172216230
N.Y. Giants18837053176175
Cleveland16752222138208
LA Chargers18368131135194
Totals780271235245261466463908976