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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Tampa Bay9550.0130.1100.162
Houston10290.0170.1330.201
Jacksonville10190.0180.1570.263
Denver10180.0210.1960.296
Tennessee9070.0180.1500.304
N.Y. Giants10350.0210.1700.243
Carolina9620.0180.1550.211
Atlanta11450.0260.2360.316
Green Bay12470.0160.1230.146
Washington10010.0240.1870.213
Baltimore11490.0230.2180.317
Buffalo9540.0140.1160.156
St. Louis10520.0180.1480.195
N.Y. Jets12670.0140.1090.185
New England10640.0150.1360.175
San Francisco9450.0140.0720.243
Cincinnati10460.0190.1600.224
Minnesota9810.0180.1270.240
Dallas10350.0130.0960.093
Philadelphia10970.0130.1080.141
Arizona9310.0150.1280.171
Oakland10400.0240.2130.338
Seattle10850.0200.1350.177
Miami10400.0180.1630.231
Chicago10770.0190.1750.255
Cleveland9270.0170.1130.192
Pittsburgh11900.0130.1140.168
Detroit10640.0180.1570.180
New Orleans11500.0150.1150.172
Indianapolis11430.0150.1140.163
San Diego10380.0130.1090.118
Kansas City11020.0100.0850.093
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