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 (34), Defensive Holding (34), Roughing the Passer (21), Illegal Contact (11), Face Mask (15 Yards) (6), and Illegal Use of Hands (4)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago1280.0390.2420.430
San Francisco1210.0660.5950.595
Dallas1070.0370.3640.262
Indianapolis1370.0290.2630.599
Philadelphia1390.0430.4100.410
Oakland1240.0320.2820.242
Carolina1260.0160.1350.246
New England1330.0150.0680.143
New Orleans1200.0330.2080.333
N.Y. Jets1220.0160.1310.082
Tampa Bay1200.0420.3420.433
Cincinnati1200.0500.4670.667
Seattle1190.0170.1430.084
N.Y. Giants1290.0310.2950.504
Cleveland1450.0340.3450.421
LA Chargers1290.0160.1010.078
Buffalo1210.0080.1900.165
Miami1160.0340.2160.259
Houston1330.0300.3160.203
Washington1460.0270.2260.137
Atlanta1250.0240.2240.272
Pittsburgh1540.0450.2730.227
Baltimore1550.0260.2060.516
Kansas City1090.0180.1010.055
Arizona940.0110.0850.043
Denver1360.0150.1320.074
Detroit1400.0360.3570.343
LA Rams1270.0310.2830.803
Minnesota1390.0070.0720.108
Green Bay1290.0230.1710.194
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