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 (247), Defensive Holding (175), Roughing the Passer (89), Face Mask (15 Yards) (54), Personal Foul (45), Illegal Use of Hands (40), Illegal Contact (38), and Tripping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver12340.0270.2400.269
Seattle11750.0280.2540.372
Chicago10210.0120.0990.130
Cleveland11070.0210.1620.283
Minnesota11320.0120.1210.216
Oakland10300.0210.1710.221
Pittsburgh10200.0170.1200.176
Arizona10420.0210.1830.235
N.Y. Giants10880.0150.1040.188
Houston9690.0270.2150.454
N.Y. Jets10470.0190.1540.220
Atlanta10030.0230.1930.240
Baltimore10310.0190.1530.186
Buffalo10890.0250.2410.250
Carolina10390.0240.1860.198
Dallas10940.0230.1970.235
Philadelphia12170.0180.1540.226
Detroit9820.0240.1870.273
Tampa Bay10200.0240.2240.312
San Francisco11930.0160.1130.179
Cincinnati10990.0180.1550.267
St. Louis10140.0300.2660.282
Miami10880.0170.1420.208
New England12530.0140.1050.164
New Orleans10560.0160.1440.188
Tennessee10270.0220.1780.257
Jacksonville10900.0170.1400.219
San Diego11090.0180.1420.199
Kansas City11320.0200.1830.171
Indianapolis11790.0210.1480.214
Green Bay10780.0130.0860.155
Washington9930.0160.1300.155
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