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 (219), Defensive Holding (152), Roughing the Passer (64), Illegal Use of Hands (46), Face Mask (15 Yards) (44), and Illegal Contact (39)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Carolina7860.0130.1110.159
Atlanta7950.0210.1530.263
Houston7170.0260.2130.370
Green Bay7160.0180.1760.198
Jacksonville7550.0230.2090.332
New Orleans7720.0180.1060.246
Oakland7580.0300.2590.307
Cincinnati7920.0180.1250.109
N.Y. Jets6970.0220.1790.224
Philadelphia7330.0250.1960.232
Kansas City8050.0220.2020.216
Pittsburgh7440.0240.2150.309
Los Angeles7850.0230.2180.257
Buffalo7650.0290.2720.325
Tennessee7670.0260.2520.329
Detroit7290.0230.1780.302
New England7570.0220.1760.271
Washington7670.0330.2540.272
Arizona7430.0230.1720.227
Seattle7920.0240.2180.259
Indianapolis7060.0270.1980.323
San Diego7710.0140.1010.091
Minnesota7430.0280.2100.292
Denver8120.0280.2300.286
N.Y. Giants8290.0190.1660.306
Tampa Bay7500.0160.1210.160
Cleveland7970.0200.1730.184
Dallas7410.0240.2360.221
San Francisco8340.0190.1610.186
Chicago7620.0290.2180.287
Baltimore7250.0230.2190.228
Miami8020.0270.1930.281
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