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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 (40), Roughing the Passer (19), Defensive Holding (17), Face Mask (15 Yards) (11), Illegal Use of Hands (9), and Illegal Contact (3)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Tampa Bay23.0002.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00029.50034.500
Jacksonville22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00015.00028.000
Buffalo22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0001.0000.00017.00026.000
Carolina21.5001.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.00014.50014.000
Philadelphia23.0001.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.00019.00018.000
Minnesota20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.00013.000
Tennessee21.5000.0001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00011.00017.500
San Francisco22.5000.5001.0001.0000.0000.5000.00017.50032.000
Seattle22.0000.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0009.50022.500
LA Chargers22.0000.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0008.50034.500
Washington22.5000.0001.0001.5000.0001.0000.50023.50018.500
Denver22.5000.0000.0002.5000.0001.5000.50014.50033.500
New Orleans22.5000.5001.0000.5000.5000.5000.00018.00023.000
Baltimore22.0000.5000.0001.5000.0000.0000.0009.00025.500
N.Y. Giants21.5000.0000.5001.0000.0000.5000.0007.00020.500
New England21.5000.0001.5000.0000.0000.0000.00020.50014.500
Cincinnati22.5000.0001.5001.0000.0000.5000.50023.00026.000
Cleveland21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.0003.50021.000
Dallas21.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.00011.50011.500
Atlanta21.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0003.00012.000
Detroit23.0002.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.00037.50034.500
Kansas City21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0009.00012.500
LA Rams20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0006.5007.500
Miami21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00015.50014.500
Houston21.5000.0000.5001.0000.0001.0000.50014.50022.500
Green Bay21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.0008.00012.500
Chicago20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
N.Y. Jets20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0004.0007.500
Las Vegas21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0008.00010.000