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 (161), Defensive Holding (137), Roughing the Passer (70), Illegal Use of Hands (48), Face Mask (15 Yards) (33), Illegal Contact (20), and Tripping (2)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City6570.0350.3030.432
New England6370.0220.1930.250
N.Y. Jets6600.0420.3000.414
Cincinnati6950.0330.2450.331
Pittsburgh5930.0190.1530.187
Cleveland6330.0220.1560.329
Tennessee6530.0180.1680.250
Houston6040.0300.2780.358
Jacksonville6150.0130.1410.148
Detroit6280.0220.1940.272
Seattle6340.0460.3940.421
San Francisco6970.0260.2420.268
N.Y. Giants6710.0160.1620.297
Denver5930.0270.2290.283
Buffalo6640.0260.2200.221
Minnesota6190.0240.2020.330
Miami6020.0220.1690.179
Dallas6290.0270.2580.343
LA Rams6390.0270.2020.238
Atlanta6360.0250.2560.288
Baltimore6430.0190.1710.193
Chicago6230.0240.1830.242
Indianapolis6440.0250.2440.264
Philadelphia6170.0240.1830.321
Green Bay6290.0140.0890.167
Washington6280.0190.1510.174
Carolina5570.0140.1330.172
Arizona6690.0130.0960.102
Tampa Bay6480.0150.1510.113
Oakland6170.0100.0750.138
New Orleans6010.0230.2310.213
LA Chargers6640.0170.1570.194
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