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 (229), 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)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay8060.0120.1080.112
Chicago8490.0210.1790.186
Atlanta8180.0220.2000.203
Minnesota8420.0260.2190.324
Carolina8500.0220.1980.249
Tennessee8610.0230.1510.326
Indianapolis7860.0190.1730.200
Cincinnati8300.0130.1070.140
Seattle8240.0220.1660.232
San Francisco7660.0220.2010.319
Tampa Bay8600.0310.2630.410
Pittsburgh8370.0290.2800.306
New England7630.0350.2860.362
Oakland7960.0430.3820.471
Baltimore8190.0330.3280.347
Detroit8680.0300.2480.252
Miami8480.0280.2310.294
N.Y. Giants8530.0250.2030.261
Kansas City8530.0340.3040.415
New Orleans8190.0370.2840.299
Dallas8170.0280.2150.379
N.Y. Jets9110.0340.3020.452
Houston8210.0270.2480.306
LA Rams8710.0220.2030.201
Washington8650.0230.1560.164
Philadelphia7820.0240.2200.233
LA Chargers7500.0240.1510.249
Buffalo7960.0260.2210.234
Arizona8780.0220.1720.224
Denver8220.0280.2430.243
Cleveland8150.0330.3040.420
Jacksonville7990.0290.2640.330
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