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 (47), Defensive Pass Interference (45), Roughing the Passer (26), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (10), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), Illegal Contact (7), and Illegal Use of Hands (5)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay1980.0150.1210.081
Chicago1330.0300.3380.504
Atlanta1830.0490.4320.388
Minnesota1940.0210.1290.335
Carolina2040.0150.1470.225
Tennessee1770.0340.2540.661
Indianapolis1690.0300.2900.254
Cincinnati1900.0160.1110.089
Seattle1700.0290.2000.259
San Francisco1810.0220.2270.376
Tampa Bay1930.0360.2490.404
Pittsburgh2120.0240.3210.325
New England1690.0300.2840.296
Oakland1840.0540.4780.679
Baltimore1650.0300.2240.291
Detroit2130.0280.2680.249
Miami2050.0340.2490.200
N.Y. Giants2020.0250.2770.262
Kansas City1880.0210.2550.415
New Orleans1960.0310.2240.163
Dallas1890.0210.1380.323
N.Y. Jets1950.0410.3130.477
Houston1920.0160.1350.182
LA Rams1840.0270.2450.245
LA Chargers1750.0170.1090.251
Denver1620.0310.2900.253
Cleveland1790.0390.3460.475
Buffalo1890.0160.1480.132
Washington1360.0150.1100.066
Jacksonville1970.0150.0960.051
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