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 Holding (226), Defensive Pass Interference (215), Illegal Contact (106), Illegal Use of Hands (104), Roughing the Passer (99), Face Mask (15 Yards) (59), Personal Foul (31), and Tripping (5)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Seattle11300.0270.2110.283
New Orleans10230.0240.2070.248
Atlanta10380.0220.1970.223
Cincinnati11370.0250.2100.207
Buffalo10280.0300.2790.304
N.Y. Jets9760.0240.2220.255
Dallas11100.0310.2240.255
Denver11030.0290.2350.269
Detroit10420.0360.3220.307
San Diego9900.0370.3260.404
Pittsburgh10000.0300.2500.291
Minnesota10260.0250.2220.239
New England12120.0390.3570.369
Arizona10860.0270.2450.232
Tennessee10990.0180.1400.205
Jacksonville10850.0160.1490.135
Kansas City10240.0160.1310.158
Oakland10410.0280.2170.286
Houston10770.0300.2890.313
Indianapolis12110.0220.1580.244
Baltimore11720.0180.1310.157
Cleveland11180.0290.2550.270
Green Bay11750.0210.1570.193
N.Y. Giants10070.0210.2060.243
Washington9780.0300.2370.400
St. Louis10040.0190.1270.263
San Francisco9890.0300.2690.222
Carolina10980.0150.1400.202
Chicago10090.0140.1120.228
Tampa Bay10680.0210.1800.134
Philadelphia11130.0270.2610.296
Miami10290.0120.0930.149
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