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 (49), Defensive Holding (45), Roughing the Passer (29), Illegal Contact (12), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), and Illegal Use of Hands (9)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Atlanta2060.0290.2430.311
Philadelphia1790.0220.1790.397
Buffalo1940.0100.0880.165
Baltimore1920.0360.3650.406
Cleveland2040.0200.1080.191
Pittsburgh1390.0290.3310.237
Indianapolis1980.0300.3480.374
Cincinnati2240.0270.2190.393
Minnesota1940.0410.3300.371
Houston1890.0160.1010.153
New England2100.0140.1100.052
New Orleans1820.0550.4120.764
Tampa Bay1340.0220.2240.216
Jacksonville1820.0270.2640.451
Kansas City2110.0470.3220.303
LA Chargers1870.0160.1500.059
Arizona2110.0380.3080.227
Washington1770.0230.1810.435
Dallas1950.0100.0770.154
Carolina1780.0340.2700.202
Seattle1930.0310.2180.249
Denver1850.0220.1730.108
Tennessee1760.0170.1990.148
Green Bay1880.0430.3030.553
N.Y. Jets1990.0250.1960.211
Detroit1660.0360.3610.331
LA Rams1590.0130.1450.126
Oakland1630.0120.1230.534
Miami2040.0100.0440.088
San Francisco2120.0330.3630.392
N.Y. Giants1740.0110.0800.075
Chicago1710.0120.0990.058
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