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 (276), Defensive Holding (247), Roughing the Passer (107), Illegal Use of Hands (74), Face Mask (15 Yards) (59), Illegal Contact (32), and Tripping (4)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City11080.0320.2550.360
New England12240.0170.1430.206
N.Y. Jets10520.0380.2750.375
Cincinnati10910.0300.2250.379
Pittsburgh10010.0180.1420.203
Cleveland10260.0190.1320.244
Tennessee11780.0200.1790.222
Houston9730.0350.3020.393
Jacksonville12060.0150.1410.182
Detroit10370.0230.2160.286
Seattle10440.0340.2990.384
San Francisco10660.0270.2390.280
N.Y. Giants10520.0170.1550.312
Denver9510.0250.2030.254
Buffalo11240.0190.1610.205
Minnesota10860.0250.2050.296
Miami9890.0280.2190.270
Dallas10000.0280.2500.355
LA Rams10930.0210.1490.210
Atlanta11210.0220.2030.273
Baltimore10450.0240.2080.260
Chicago10030.0250.1820.252
Indianapolis10260.0220.2120.217
Philadelphia11740.0270.2080.263
Green Bay10150.0140.0940.157
Washington10430.0190.1560.190
Carolina10090.0220.2120.214
Arizona10070.0190.1650.181
Tampa Bay10110.0160.1430.127
Oakland9950.0150.1400.176
New Orleans11440.0370.3110.424
LA Chargers9970.0200.1690.249
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