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 (207), Defensive Holding (106), Roughing the Passer (79), Illegal Contact (75), Face Mask (15 Yards) (43), Personal Foul (36), Illegal Use of Hands (26), and Tripping (5)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Cleveland10410.0130.1180.174
Indianapolis10790.0080.0640.126
Denver10560.0150.1160.256
Jacksonville9480.0180.1350.152
Oakland9910.0320.3170.427
Carolina10590.0220.1840.280
N.Y. Giants9730.0150.1100.180
Pittsburgh11390.0250.2200.300
Philadelphia10600.0210.1950.253
Dallas9770.0230.1790.240
N.Y. Jets11750.0240.2320.307
Green Bay12050.0210.1840.208
Arizona10920.0190.1780.190
Seattle12340.0090.0620.128
New England11100.0200.1570.265
New Orleans10090.0200.1580.293
Detroit10020.0250.2000.203
St. Louis10180.0190.1530.236
Washington10510.0100.0730.062
Houston10100.0200.1340.158
San Diego9390.0140.1200.182
Miami9870.0100.1160.132
Buffalo10710.0150.1200.120
Cincinnati9570.0180.1490.224
Baltimore11160.0140.1100.176
Tennessee11390.0190.1670.240
Atlanta10260.0130.0780.182
Kansas City11050.0140.1210.171
Chicago11250.0150.1060.214
San Francisco10330.0140.0870.197
Tampa Bay9910.0120.0950.145
Minnesota9770.0110.0900.127
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