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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 (47), Defensive Pass Interference (46), Illegal Contact (19), Roughing the Passer (11), and Illegal Use of Hands (7)

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TeamTotal1st Down2nd Down3rd Down4th Down3rd & LongDesperationYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
N.Y. Jets31200003444
Kansas City20020111313
Seattle932402169132
Denver74210106661
LA Chargers200100046
N.Y. Giants83230105842
Arizona42110003674
Washington63300005783
Indianapolis62400005483
Philadelphia41120223526
Pittsburgh41120113626
Cincinnati73040114961
Cleveland31110112626
Carolina51220003872
New Orleans52120205259
Tampa Bay11000001042
Miami42101002624
LA Rams21010112356
San Francisco40130214040
Houston51310002375
Tennessee51211013264
Detroit53110004139
Green Bay32100003025
Jacksonville32010113521
Buffalo51130224145
Baltimore30030202315
Chicago40220202820
Minnesota51310114225
Dallas20020111710
Atlanta1100000105
Las Vegas31011102313
Totals1304437453251510711327