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 (35), Defensive Holding (31), Roughing the Passer (10), Illegal Use of Hands (8), and Face Mask (15 Yards) (4)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
New England1460.0340.3010.349
Kansas City1160.0090.0860.172
Buffalo1230.0160.0810.220
N.Y. Jets1090.0090.0920.046
Chicago1250.0160.1120.080
Atlanta1130.0180.0970.177
Baltimore1280.0230.1410.133
Cincinnati1200.0250.1750.208
Cleveland1280.0310.2580.281
Pittsburgh1230.0410.3820.992
Oakland1180.0170.2120.347
Jacksonville1210.0330.2400.405
Houston1310.0690.7630.679
Washington1290.0160.1630.233
Arizona1320.0230.3030.235
Detroit1250.0080.0800.040
Indianapolis1190.0080.0840.042
LA Rams1730.0290.2430.162
Green Bay1420.0280.2820.162
Carolina1290.0230.2250.186
San Francisco1760.0280.2780.295
Dallas1370.0220.1750.299
N.Y. Giants1080.0090.0090.139
New Orleans1220.0160.1800.246
Minnesota1230.0160.1630.179
LA Chargers1100.0360.2910.591
Denver1410.0210.2060.277
Philadelphia1340.0150.2090.075
Tampa Bay670.0450.2390.179
Seattle1270.0080.0790.157
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