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 (138), Defensive Holding (134), Roughing the Passer (71), Face Mask (15 Yards) (40), Illegal Use of Hands (34), and Illegal Contact (29)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta6330.0190.1820.218
Buffalo6110.0180.1420.331
Baltimore6300.0220.1900.232
Pittsburgh6480.0290.2720.341
Indianapolis6510.0170.2120.183
Minnesota6220.0260.1910.206
Houston6600.0110.0890.074
New Orleans5820.0380.2890.442
Tampa Bay6100.0230.2150.251
Jacksonville6100.0230.1930.259
Carolina6140.0160.1430.217
N.Y. Jets6690.0160.1420.121
Detroit5780.0330.2890.242
Oakland5870.0190.1570.300
Cincinnati7190.0190.1850.203
Cleveland7230.0220.1480.163
Kansas City6890.0280.2150.235
Tennessee6130.0130.1340.145
Washington6170.0260.1900.376
San Francisco6320.0250.2740.304
N.Y. Giants6390.0250.2210.329
Miami6320.0220.1550.316
Philadelphia6290.0160.1270.189
Green Bay6350.0300.2490.353
Chicago6390.0270.2030.264
New England6610.0180.1600.126
Seattle5840.0290.2410.344
Arizona6770.0220.1730.145
LA Chargers6240.0240.1810.212
Dallas6150.0080.0630.112
LA Rams5890.0220.1970.219
Denver6430.0200.1930.138
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