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 (253), Defensive Holding (149), Roughing the Passer (90), Illegal Contact (68), Face Mask (15 Yards) (53), Personal Foul (51), Illegal Use of Hands (50), and Tripping (2)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago9980.0220.1940.245
Indianapolis11960.0290.2370.376
N.Y. Jets10340.0290.2120.229
Houston12410.0170.1210.230
Denver11770.0290.2530.274
Oakland9980.0190.1400.259
Baltimore13130.0280.2380.327
San Diego9870.0190.2030.199
Kansas City10150.0180.1630.228
Detroit11590.0160.1230.200
Minnesota10620.0190.1330.226
Atlanta11330.0230.2080.182
San Francisco11520.0160.1050.174
Arizona10180.0130.1390.148
Miami9800.0300.2520.366
Cincinnati10650.0160.1560.209
Washington10470.0170.1550.202
N.Y. Giants9680.0320.2940.362
Philadelphia10790.0180.1410.231
Green Bay11650.0270.2230.308
New England13390.0220.1750.257
Tennessee9560.0230.1980.203
New Orleans10380.0140.1440.161
Seattle11080.0160.1360.221
Tampa Bay10080.0180.1880.194
Carolina9880.0280.2120.239
Buffalo9810.0150.1140.194
Jacksonville9940.0240.2030.257
Pittsburgh10230.0170.1520.221
Dallas10490.0210.1920.228
Cleveland9980.0150.1080.171
St. Louis10030.0140.1470.155
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