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 (243), Defensive Holding (219), Roughing the Passer (102), Illegal Use of Hands (80), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Contact (62), Personal Foul (4), and Tripping (4)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Pittsburgh11930.0190.1890.238
New England11900.0220.1550.230
Chicago9810.0170.1400.267
Miami10770.0270.2020.300
Washington10790.0150.1360.152
Kansas City11550.0250.1990.261
New Orleans9950.0430.3500.424
Denver12450.0310.2730.370
Tampa Bay10460.0230.1970.228
N.Y. Giants11050.0190.1520.184
Philadelphia11480.0170.1430.166
Buffalo10170.0270.2330.272
Atlanta9960.0230.1860.319
Arizona11150.0210.2040.210
Minnesota10710.0290.2510.335
Baltimore10000.0320.2780.376
Oakland10850.0350.2740.340
Dallas9970.0250.2110.215
Seattle10680.0190.1810.240
N.Y. Jets10130.0170.1480.184
San Diego9600.0190.1600.179
St. Louis10910.0180.1710.214
Jacksonville11020.0270.2070.299
Indianapolis10720.0280.2270.305
Cleveland9980.0200.1930.316
Houston10480.0250.2250.280
Green Bay11470.0110.0770.139
San Francisco10810.0200.1630.117
Detroit9990.0230.2180.269
Carolina12390.0160.1240.165
Cincinnati11010.0190.1750.167
Tennessee10030.0160.1580.116
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