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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Philadelphia11470.0270.2550.312
Baltimore11940.0180.1580.240
Buffalo10080.0250.2430.375
Cleveland10230.0240.2180.257
Cincinnati9390.0230.2040.232
San Francisco10030.0410.3820.359
New England13130.0230.1840.249
Tampa Bay10550.0300.2890.348
New Orleans11450.0220.1490.252
N.Y. Giants9830.0170.1660.234
Dallas11450.0240.1820.190
Detroit10180.0280.2560.375
N.Y. Jets9700.0150.1330.157
LA Rams12630.0210.1910.200
Atlanta10090.0260.2630.365
Carolina10110.0200.1600.241
Pittsburgh10580.0320.2330.305
Houston11080.0280.2450.270
Indianapolis11900.0250.2320.275
Denver10140.0230.2010.220
Tennessee9380.0190.1650.197
Oakland9930.0130.0990.130
Kansas City11200.0270.2820.272
Washington9670.0220.1740.215
Green Bay10260.0200.1530.221
Chicago10750.0340.2560.387
Miami8780.0220.1980.185
Arizona9020.0220.2130.218
Seattle10640.0280.1950.337
Minnesota10030.0210.1410.186
Jacksonville10040.0150.1450.125
LA Chargers10730.0210.1700.162
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