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 (284), Defensive Holding (253), Roughing the Passer (136), Illegal Use of Hands (76), Face Mask (15 Yards) (50), Illegal Contact (38), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (24), and Tripping (1)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Green Bay11090.0140.1270.150
Chicago10170.0200.1660.175
Atlanta9850.0240.2370.256
Minnesota11750.0200.1650.237
Carolina10420.0220.1770.250
Tennessee12700.0230.1650.307
Indianapolis9860.0190.1580.191
Cincinnati10340.0160.1330.162
Seattle11330.0230.1910.275
San Francisco11460.0230.1930.295
Tampa Bay10730.0300.2460.366
Pittsburgh10290.0250.2360.277
New England10040.0320.2700.322
Oakland9620.0430.3880.476
Baltimore9750.0330.3050.322
Detroit10940.0270.2190.221
Miami10530.0280.2370.294
N.Y. Giants10610.0250.2040.251
Kansas City12330.0320.2940.363
New Orleans10720.0350.2790.304
Dallas10150.0250.1920.325
N.Y. Jets10380.0310.2680.402
Houston11580.0230.2140.279
LA Rams10560.0230.2070.208
Washington10790.0220.1670.169
Philadelphia10240.0240.2180.226
LA Chargers9220.0230.1510.230
Buffalo10510.0250.2080.220
Arizona10800.0220.1830.217
Denver10030.0280.2440.251
Cleveland10140.0300.2610.368
Jacksonville9990.0270.2480.322
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