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 (228), Defensive Holding (206), Roughing the Passer (112), Illegal Use of Hands (62), Face Mask (15 Yards) (44), Illegal Contact (27), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (21), and Tripping (1)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago8020.0270.2040.202
Green Bay8010.0390.3120.453
Minnesota8080.0360.2910.333
Atlanta8750.0300.2490.343
LA Rams8380.0190.1560.161
Cleveland8000.0290.2010.274
LA Chargers8040.0320.3010.371
Seattle8560.0210.2310.229
Cincinnati8320.0340.3210.355
Tampa Bay8950.0260.2420.311
San Francisco8460.0270.1890.280
New England9070.0250.2130.291
Pittsburgh7650.0380.3320.523
Denver7730.0320.2540.371
Arizona8080.0240.2050.329
Buffalo8400.0250.1960.302
Indianapolis8460.0270.2170.376
Tennessee7640.0310.2910.302
Oakland7850.0140.1130.140
Kansas City8040.0370.3220.285
Jacksonville8420.0230.1880.236
Miami7980.0340.2960.425
Philadelphia8880.0270.2310.293
N.Y. Giants8080.0200.1440.168
New Orleans8150.0110.0880.093
Washington7070.0170.1260.184
Carolina8650.0160.1350.216
Houston8250.0290.2400.239
Dallas8670.0270.2430.255
N.Y. Jets7750.0300.2710.356
Detroit8540.0280.2720.263
Baltimore8660.0180.1630.196
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