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 (285), Defensive Holding (206), Roughing the Passer (89), Face Mask (15 Yards) (63), Illegal Use of Hands (56), and Illegal Contact (48)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina10350.0110.0940.126
Atlanta11140.0170.1270.194
Houston10860.0270.2330.428
Jacksonville10300.0230.2100.295
Green Bay11130.0160.1480.160
Cincinnati10380.0210.1750.158
N.Y. Jets10000.0220.1810.281
Philadelphia9770.0240.1900.266
Kansas City11280.0200.1780.198
Pittsburgh11080.0230.2070.312
Los Angeles10380.0240.2210.247
Tennessee10300.0230.2300.279
Detroit10350.0220.1730.272
New England10640.0180.1440.202
New Orleans10080.0220.1430.289
Washington10500.0280.2240.270
Arizona10170.0240.1960.266
Seattle11380.0240.2120.228
San Diego10250.0200.1610.146
Minnesota9930.0260.1990.287
Denver10740.0260.2130.258
N.Y. Giants11320.0190.1710.293
Tampa Bay10130.0140.1080.148
Oakland10550.0300.2570.300
Cleveland10670.0180.1510.176
Dallas10710.0210.1910.215
San Francisco11010.0160.1400.160
Chicago10120.0320.2340.366
Baltimore9930.0230.2100.236
Indianapolis10230.0260.2010.273
Miami11430.0250.1780.265
Buffalo10200.0230.2130.258
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