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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England11830.0250.2240.317
Pittsburgh11390.0270.2240.403
Green Bay11920.0340.2890.467
Washington10810.0220.1710.225
Miami9770.0210.1730.253
Houston11890.0210.1650.234
Arizona11650.0350.2820.391
Baltimore10830.0120.1070.087
Tennessee9770.0320.2300.312
Dallas9700.0300.2350.213
Atlanta10730.0240.2230.171
Buffalo10160.0140.1080.181
N.Y. Giants10530.0280.2190.311
Chicago10250.0170.1360.264
Detroit10300.0200.1650.183
Tampa Bay10160.0270.2280.303
Oakland10100.0220.1960.260
Jacksonville10110.0200.1480.227
Philadelphia11040.0250.2500.313
Minnesota10290.0230.2040.254
St. Louis9200.0180.1320.289
Cincinnati10720.0280.2790.314
Indianapolis10520.0290.2450.287
Cleveland10410.0260.2480.212
San Diego11000.0210.2100.210
Denver12480.0220.1680.184
San Francisco9690.0170.1370.137
N.Y. Jets10740.0160.1320.178
Kansas City11000.0220.2150.211
Carolina12670.0140.1250.120
Seattle11560.0100.0890.125
New Orleans10950.0260.2050.202
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