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 (190), Defensive Holding (104), Illegal Contact (92), Face Mask (15 Yards) (82), Roughing the Passer (69), Illegal Use of Hands (30), Personal Foul (28), Tripping (4), and Roughing the Kicker (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Miami9680.0230.1890.255
Minnesota10590.0150.1290.157
Cleveland10720.0210.1810.227
Dallas10950.0230.1820.202
Carolina9760.0170.1260.169
Cincinnati10360.0130.1190.155
Arizona11690.0150.1210.202
Tennessee10370.0140.0990.195
San Francisco10500.0160.1250.122
San Diego10530.0160.1440.148
Baltimore11250.0300.2570.405
Pittsburgh9670.0160.1430.216
Washington10000.0130.1220.155
Atlanta9970.0170.1210.188
N.Y. Giants9530.0200.1530.243
Oakland10210.0230.1890.204
Indianapolis12570.0090.0610.087
Chicago10320.0120.0860.164
Denver10070.0170.1480.211
St. Louis10160.0210.1850.228
Green Bay10050.0370.3030.397
Philadelphia11090.0200.1830.252
Houston9730.0250.1990.263
Kansas City10630.0140.1440.144
Seattle10240.0170.1230.257
Detroit10280.0180.1240.185
New England10030.0120.1160.221
Tampa Bay10400.0170.1390.141
New Orleans12420.0190.1550.225
Buffalo10850.0140.1230.165
N.Y. Jets11390.0220.1690.197
Jacksonville9830.0110.1060.102
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