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 (221), Defensive Holding (152), Roughing the Passer (65), Illegal Use of Hands (46), Face Mask (15 Yards) (44), and Illegal Contact (39)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver7710.0270.1920.284
Tampa Bay8220.0230.2120.214
Chicago7280.0120.1140.227
Jacksonville7960.0330.2890.366
Green Bay7860.0320.2700.455
Oakland7920.0270.1980.391
New Orleans8220.0190.1680.214
N.Y. Jets7350.0290.2500.317
Cincinnati7940.0310.2930.267
Cleveland7330.0230.2110.310
San Diego7660.0350.2890.249
Washington7840.0260.2310.366
San Francisco7580.0160.1290.157
Detroit7210.0310.2430.219
Tennessee7540.0240.1960.263
Kansas City7450.0120.0870.066
Miami6840.0160.1610.143
N.Y. Giants7360.0230.1410.183
Dallas7680.0180.1410.193
Seattle7430.0190.1720.279
Los Angeles7230.0210.1850.270
Minnesota7510.0200.1330.209
New England7860.0250.1980.216
Arizona8440.0260.2110.235
Philadelphia7930.0150.1030.148
Pittsburgh7630.0180.1280.161
Indianapolis7880.0280.2350.343
Atlanta7520.0230.1940.266
Carolina7780.0220.1840.271
Baltimore8130.0250.2190.320
Houston7930.0140.0960.156
Buffalo7470.0240.2170.288
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