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 (107), Defensive Pass Interference (81), Roughing the Passer (59), Illegal Use of Hands (27), Face Mask (15 Yards) (26), Illegal Contact (15), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (12)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay3260.0210.1960.202
Chicago3300.0300.2640.279
Atlanta3770.0400.3550.289
Minnesota3880.0260.1960.353
Carolina4180.0240.2080.266
Tennessee3740.0210.1360.439
Indianapolis2900.0280.2720.200
Cincinnati3940.0180.1420.157
Seattle3570.0250.1790.227
San Francisco2770.0140.1480.245
Tampa Bay4040.0350.2600.342
Pittsburgh4080.0290.3380.301
New England3400.0260.2120.206
Oakland3040.0460.4110.539
Baltimore3320.0450.4280.407
Detroit2800.0320.3110.279
Miami3280.0270.1770.216
N.Y. Giants3920.0200.2020.173
Kansas City4180.0380.3710.452
New Orleans3600.0280.2000.144
Dallas3700.0320.2380.473
N.Y. Jets3290.0460.4440.526
Houston3720.0300.2610.422
LA Rams4000.0230.1950.213
Washington4050.0300.1780.225
Philadelphia3730.0290.2680.255
LA Chargers3330.0180.0750.204
Buffalo3050.0200.1800.233
Arizona3950.0150.1420.109
Denver3640.0410.3930.409
Cleveland3910.0310.2920.332
Jacksonville3770.0210.1590.199
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