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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Baltimore10900.0280.2300.410
Carolina10520.0200.1530.200
Cincinnati11760.0110.0880.156
Miami9850.0100.0930.090
Detroit11020.0150.1070.149
Indianapolis11530.0230.1910.293
Tennessee10310.0250.1970.238
St. Louis9680.0210.1730.249
Dallas9570.0260.2010.240
San Diego11670.0280.2220.303
New England12670.0260.2240.301
Cleveland10770.0150.1330.138
Buffalo11160.0230.1820.250
Kansas City11090.0260.2130.210
Arizona10370.0320.2720.374
New Orleans12170.0160.1510.172
N.Y. Giants9880.0210.1590.250
Seattle11410.0160.1320.211
Pittsburgh10050.0140.1160.190
Atlanta10240.0300.2380.349
N.Y. Jets10200.0160.1440.197
Tampa Bay9800.0280.2460.381
Washington11070.0100.0990.085
Chicago10130.0230.1650.205
Denver13600.0220.1690.249
San Francisco11430.0170.1860.192
Houston10890.0130.1040.155
Philadelphia11120.0150.1370.188
Green Bay11350.0200.1710.263
Jacksonville10180.0170.1480.204
Minnesota10130.0160.1230.266
Oakland9990.0140.1040.164
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