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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England12830.0350.3020.435
Kansas City10380.0200.1710.155
Buffalo10840.0180.1170.185
Baltimore10540.0120.1000.134
Cleveland10080.0310.2490.309
Pittsburgh11290.0240.1890.365
Oakland9510.0230.2150.317
Jacksonville12680.0240.1940.287
Houston10290.0400.3450.449
Arizona10580.0350.3430.404
Green Bay9990.0240.2200.241
Carolina10960.0250.2040.283
Dallas10050.0210.1570.265
LA Chargers10190.0250.2050.292
Minnesota11940.0310.2290.415
Denver10750.0200.1760.240
Washington9820.0210.1810.240
Seattle10070.0240.2140.236
LA Rams10630.0220.1510.255
San Francisco10580.0150.1250.157
Tampa Bay10340.0240.2190.228
N.Y. Jets9840.0260.2030.292
Atlanta11150.0240.1890.217
Detroit9790.0250.2240.303
Indianapolis9940.0210.1770.207
Philadelphia12710.0220.1830.317
N.Y. Giants10360.0190.1430.171
Tennessee10990.0220.1870.171
Cincinnati9270.0250.2130.228
Miami9940.0180.1540.241
New Orleans11240.0120.0930.110
Chicago9340.0240.2160.183
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