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.

"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 (190), Defensive Holding (104), Illegal Contact (92), Face Mask (15 Yards) (82), Roughing the Passer (69), Illegal Use of Hands (30), Personal Foul (28), Tripping (4), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta10480.0200.1620.164
Cleveland9700.0100.0930.140
Minnesota11960.0210.1540.253
Tampa Bay9610.0150.1260.197
Green Bay11090.0290.2220.316
Jacksonville10090.0130.0810.130
Houston10430.0100.0710.096
Seattle10450.0240.1790.270
Denver10320.0180.2020.272
Baltimore11310.0110.1070.177
San Diego10320.0190.1720.225
N.Y. Giants10170.0170.1570.156
Cincinnati10720.0210.1830.184
Detroit10370.0210.1610.260
New England11390.0270.2080.303
Arizona10940.0230.1860.271
Kansas City10180.0220.1450.220
Dallas11580.0160.1420.184
San Francisco9380.0160.1120.253
Pittsburgh10150.0240.2120.282
Buffalo9120.0220.1920.258
Washington9690.0170.1420.173
Oakland9430.0200.2150.213
N.Y. Jets12060.0130.1170.137
New Orleans12110.0140.1190.166
Philadelphia10310.0180.1470.172
Chicago9710.0200.1600.210
Indianapolis11800.0200.1750.311
St. Louis9960.0120.0820.109
Miami10880.0120.1080.147
Tennessee9900.0140.1190.096
Carolina10230.0120.0990.100
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