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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Denver10200.0250.1810.244
Tampa Bay10650.0230.1910.208
Chicago9670.0160.1430.216
Green Bay11620.0280.2470.379
Jacksonville10500.0330.2980.400
N.Y. Jets10040.0220.1930.237
Cincinnati10500.0270.2450.259
Cleveland9830.0250.2260.309
San Diego10140.0290.2310.210
Washington10090.0230.2000.340
San Francisco9970.0140.1180.129
Detroit10300.0300.2340.275
Tennessee10080.0210.1700.236
Kansas City10390.0160.1360.127
Miami9730.0140.1430.144
N.Y. Giants10800.0170.1030.139
Dallas10730.0200.1500.231
Seattle11350.0190.1660.259
Los Angeles9600.0220.2040.273
Oakland11160.0260.1960.343
Minnesota10060.0190.1270.203
Philadelphia10800.0170.1310.198
Pittsburgh11460.0170.1300.188
Atlanta10640.0230.1940.264
Carolina10510.0180.1510.216
Baltimore10800.0200.1780.259
Houston12050.0230.1980.212
Buffalo10130.0200.1800.232
Arizona10850.0290.2370.252
Indianapolis10370.0280.2450.363
New England11240.0270.1930.271
New Orleans11050.0190.1670.211
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