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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 occurring on special teams are not included.

The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Holding (65), Defensive Pass Interference (55), Illegal Contact (23), Roughing the Passer (16), and Illegal Use of Hands (11)

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TeamGamesTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
N.Y. Jets41.0000.2500.7500.0000.0000.0000.00011.00014.750
Kansas City40.7500.2500.0000.5000.0000.2500.2505.7507.000
Seattle43.0001.2500.5001.0000.0000.5000.25022.25035.750
Denver41.7501.0000.5000.2500.0000.2500.00016.50015.250
LA Chargers41.0000.5000.0000.2500.0000.0000.0006.0006.750
N.Y. Giants42.5001.0000.7500.7500.0000.2500.00019.00014.500
Arizona41.0000.5000.2500.2500.0000.0000.0009.00018.500
Washington42.5001.0001.2500.2500.0000.2500.00024.75039.500
Indianapolis42.5001.0001.5000.0000.0000.0000.00022.25028.250
Philadelphia41.2500.2500.5000.5000.0000.5000.5009.7507.750
Pittsburgh41.5000.2500.5000.7500.0000.2500.25011.5009.000
Cincinnati41.7500.7500.0001.0000.0000.2500.25012.25015.250
Cleveland41.0000.5000.2500.2500.0000.2500.2509.0007.250
Carolina41.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.0000.00012.00027.250
New Orleans42.2500.7500.2501.2500.0001.0000.25020.75028.750
Tampa Bay40.5000.5000.0000.0000.0000.0000.0003.00010.750
Miami41.0000.5000.2500.0000.2500.0000.0006.5006.000
LA Rams40.5000.2500.0000.2500.0000.2500.2505.75014.000
San Francisco41.2500.0000.5000.7500.0000.5000.25012.75011.250
Houston41.7500.7500.7500.2500.0000.0000.00010.75021.250
Tennessee41.5000.2500.5000.5000.2500.2500.25010.00017.250
Detroit41.5001.0000.2500.2500.0000.0000.00012.75012.000
Green Bay40.7500.5000.2500.0000.0000.0000.0007.5006.250
Chicago41.5000.5000.5000.5000.0000.5000.00012.00016.250
Buffalo41.7500.5000.5000.7500.0000.5000.50015.25016.750
New England40.2500.0000.0000.2500.0000.2500.0001.5002.750
Jacksonville41.0000.5000.2500.2500.0000.2500.25011.7506.500
Baltimore41.0000.2500.0000.7500.0000.5000.0009.5007.500
Minnesota41.2500.2500.7500.2500.0000.2500.25010.5006.250
Dallas40.7500.0000.2500.5000.0000.2500.2506.0003.750
Atlanta40.2500.2500.0000.0000.0000.0000.0002.5001.250
Las Vegas40.7500.2500.0000.2500.2500.2500.0005.7503.250