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 (33), Defensive Holding (30), Roughing the Passer (9), Illegal Use of Hands (7), and Face Mask (15 Yards) (4)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City1430.0420.4410.392
New England1280.0080.0780.156
N.Y. Jets1270.0240.1570.346
Buffalo1210.0170.1320.083
Atlanta1310.0310.2600.176
Chicago1220.0410.2210.262
Cincinnati1220.0410.3280.303
Baltimore1240.0400.3310.282
Pittsburgh1220.0250.1890.352
Cleveland1220.0160.1390.377
Tennessee1240.0080.1210.194
Houston1220.0330.2380.402
Jacksonville1330.0530.5860.519
Philadelphia1120.0090.0980.045
Detroit1220.0160.1640.131
Arizona1390.0070.0720.036
LA Rams1170.0170.1710.256
Indianapolis1290.0160.2330.155
Seattle1220.0330.3440.246
San Francisco1420.0210.2320.275
Carolina1050.0100.0670.048
N.Y. Giants1270.0080.0310.165
Dallas1260.0240.1590.310
Minnesota1280.0390.4060.828
New Orleans1350.0150.1410.074
Denver1220.0330.3110.631
LA Chargers1360.0070.0740.110
Miami540.0370.2590.148
Washington1140.0090.0880.044
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