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 (249), Defensive Holding (247), Roughing the Passer (118), Face Mask (15 Yards) (67), Illegal Use of Hands (57), Illegal Contact (44), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (15), and Tripping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta10310.0250.2420.260
Buffalo9680.0210.1730.289
Baltimore10390.0270.2550.283
Pittsburgh9860.0230.2080.305
Indianapolis11410.0160.1720.150
Minnesota9930.0280.2210.274
Houston10890.0180.1560.198
New Orleans10930.0360.2940.424
Tampa Bay9970.0200.1910.203
Jacksonville9700.0250.2190.300
Carolina9470.0160.1540.248
N.Y. Jets10610.0290.2380.277
Detroit9420.0310.2860.294
Oakland9730.0210.1930.300
Cincinnati10840.0160.1460.149
Cleveland11220.0240.1940.208
Kansas City12550.0280.2140.268
Tennessee10010.0130.1200.132
Washington9960.0220.1670.292
San Francisco10220.0280.2650.334
N.Y. Giants10340.0280.2290.318
Miami10220.0270.2320.352
Philadelphia11360.0180.1280.187
Green Bay10150.0260.2120.278
Chicago10680.0220.1490.240
New England11720.0240.2170.215
Seattle10210.0290.2570.327
Arizona10650.0230.2010.202
LA Chargers11180.0220.1690.209
Dallas11090.0180.1540.167
LA Rams11470.0270.2360.298
Denver10220.0280.2690.183
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