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 Holding (94), Defensive Pass Interference (69), Roughing the Passer (54), Face Mask (15 Yards) (24), Illegal Use of Hands (22), Illegal Contact (14), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (12)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago2970.0400.3500.310
Green Bay3170.0440.4290.647
Minnesota2900.0410.3590.421
Atlanta3250.0310.2180.483
LA Rams3450.0230.1880.220
Cleveland2920.0310.2400.260
LA Chargers3190.0340.3070.414
Seattle3230.0250.2290.257
Cincinnati3170.0250.2110.230
Tampa Bay4000.0230.2230.250
San Francisco2720.0290.2130.327
New England4190.0240.2000.313
Pittsburgh2700.0520.4190.519
Denver3150.0250.2060.308
Arizona3390.0240.1950.206
Buffalo3370.0300.2230.228
Indianapolis3310.0360.2630.477
Tennessee3020.0400.3480.298
Oakland3070.0130.1070.176
Kansas City3160.0410.3580.348
Jacksonville3110.0320.3380.421
Miami2230.0270.2110.341
Philadelphia3310.0270.2720.245
N.Y. Giants3700.0240.1380.195
New Orleans3010.0200.1730.189
Washington2810.0180.1320.157
Carolina3850.0210.1840.278
Houston3050.0300.1970.236
Dallas3160.0220.1990.139
Detroit2710.0180.1850.151
N.Y. Jets2270.0310.3080.374
Baltimore3630.0220.2120.154
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