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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay11330.0220.1750.292
Atlanta10350.0170.1530.140
New Orleans10950.0250.2130.232
Baltimore11500.0310.2500.464
Chicago10050.0320.2370.357
Oakland9940.0190.1540.218
San Francisco10100.0290.2480.242
Indianapolis12990.0310.2870.317
N.Y. Giants10840.0220.1940.258
Arizona10390.0380.3110.419
Cleveland10100.0190.1470.149
New England12890.0240.1960.242
Minnesota9800.0220.1980.214
Dallas11240.0300.2770.320
Washington10060.0340.2800.275
Denver11360.0250.1920.230
Kansas City9620.0230.1990.180
Houston10620.0240.2210.185
Philadelphia11310.0230.1920.293
San Diego10090.0320.2780.301
Cincinnati10790.0190.1460.166
Detroit11120.0210.1660.218
Pittsburgh11400.0250.2130.244
Carolina12040.0260.2430.226
St. Louis9580.0200.1820.258
Tennessee9190.0210.1610.170
N.Y. Jets10530.0170.1330.160
Miami10400.0290.2730.298
Tampa Bay9370.0260.2450.276
Jacksonville9880.0300.3120.259
Seattle11950.0170.1280.162
Buffalo10200.0180.1530.160
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