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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
Dallas23.0002.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.00025.50032.500
Houston22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.5000.00011.50029.000
Pittsburgh22.0001.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00016.50025.500
N.Y. Jets22.5000.5001.5000.5000.0000.5000.00030.00021.000
Atlanta22.5001.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00021.50018.500
Cincinnati20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.00013.000
Arizona21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0006.00012.500
Detroit22.0000.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00012.50029.500
Indianapolis20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0001.5006.500
Washington22.5000.5001.0001.0000.0000.5000.00013.00045.500
LA Chargers21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0009.00010.000
N.Y. Giants23.0000.0001.0002.0000.0001.5000.50026.50023.000
Green Bay23.5002.0000.0001.0000.5000.5000.00037.00027.500
Las Vegas21.0000.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0002.00020.500
Miami20.5000.0000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0003.5008.000
Chicago21.5000.0001.0000.5000.0000.5000.50017.50026.000
Jacksonville22.5000.0000.0002.5000.0002.0001.00021.50043.000
Denver21.5000.5000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0009.00027.500
Philadelphia21.0000.0000.5000.5000.0000.5000.0008.50010.000
San Francisco22.0001.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.00012.00018.500
Tampa Bay21.5001.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0008.00014.500
Seattle20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0005.000
Cleveland21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0002.50015.000
Buffalo20.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
New England21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00014.50014.500
New Orleans21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.5000.0009.50012.500
LA Rams20.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0005.0007.500
Carolina21.0000.0001.0000.0000.0000.0000.0008.50015.000
Tennessee21.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.0008.00016.000
Baltimore21.5000.5001.0000.0000.0000.0000.00013.5007.500
Minnesota21.5000.0001.0000.5000.0000.0000.00012.0007.500
Kansas City21.0000.5000.0000.5000.0000.0000.0007.0005.000