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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England6760.0380.3580.359
Kansas City6090.0180.1560.164
Buffalo6190.0150.0730.145
Baltimore6450.0090.0640.087
Cleveland6490.0390.3040.365
Pittsburgh6540.0230.1960.369
Oakland5900.0200.2120.278
Jacksonville6830.0260.2060.307
Houston6640.0420.3720.521
Arizona6520.0380.3870.411
Green Bay6230.0260.2390.281
Carolina6560.0180.1660.209
Dallas6390.0140.0880.146
LA Chargers6150.0290.2520.364
Minnesota6600.0290.2170.339
Denver6730.0210.1770.288
Washington6350.0220.1730.217
Seattle6660.0200.1940.218
LA Rams6290.0190.1610.175
San Francisco6550.0150.1440.160
Tampa Bay6300.0220.2030.181
N.Y. Jets5990.0230.1950.262
Atlanta6040.0250.1710.258
Detroit6330.0170.1850.251
Indianapolis6240.0210.1710.250
Philadelphia6590.0230.1900.311
N.Y. Giants6230.0190.1410.194
Tennessee6240.0220.1920.173
Cincinnati5510.0250.2140.232
Miami6070.0230.2140.283
New Orleans6510.0120.0910.132
Chicago6020.0250.2290.184
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