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 (210), Defensive Holding (124), Roughing the Passer (100), Illegal Contact (70), Face Mask (15 Yards) (68), Personal Foul (42), Illegal Use of Hands (42), Clipping (1), Tripping (1), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay11100.0120.0870.119
Kansas City9910.0150.1380.160
Atlanta10280.0150.1190.137
Philadelphia9830.0250.1840.264
Seattle10490.0270.1950.222
Minnesota10260.0170.1740.207
Cleveland10360.0230.1830.255
Cincinnati10660.0140.1090.201
Oakland10680.0420.4160.456
Indianapolis10620.0090.0750.069
Arizona10950.0320.2960.372
Tampa Bay10010.0270.2200.235
Carolina9720.0200.1690.262
Dallas9720.0230.1770.239
New England12760.0150.1260.241
Denver11940.0200.2030.219
Houston10880.0250.2220.341
St. Louis10310.0190.1840.230
Miami10440.0200.1990.279
N.Y. Jets9930.0190.1820.212
Baltimore11330.0170.1620.169
Washington9870.0140.1420.230
Tennessee10800.0150.1330.176
New Orleans11310.0220.2070.201
San Diego9580.0190.1620.185
Pittsburgh10190.0190.1670.176
Buffalo10020.0200.1590.229
N.Y. Giants13280.0160.1450.172
San Francisco11440.0130.1150.229
Detroit11360.0260.1770.273
Jacksonville9790.0130.1230.213
Chicago10480.0100.0590.112
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