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 (283), 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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago10190.0260.1940.194
Green Bay11370.0310.2520.356
Minnesota10890.0310.2560.287
Atlanta10960.0280.2360.335
LA Rams10550.0190.1620.155
Cleveland9730.0310.2180.270
LA Chargers9950.0320.3030.357
Seattle11630.0200.2020.193
Cincinnati10480.0320.3020.329
Tampa Bay10860.0220.2090.286
San Francisco11310.0250.1840.259
New England11540.0250.2120.263
Pittsburgh9380.0350.3000.464
Denver9540.0340.2660.357
Arizona9980.0250.2140.344
Buffalo10990.0190.1500.231
Indianapolis10150.0280.2090.360
Tennessee11170.0270.2610.251
Oakland9890.0160.1370.175
Kansas City10980.0380.3380.372
Jacksonville10200.0250.2130.268
Miami10230.0320.2810.383
Philadelphia11650.0270.2440.319
N.Y. Giants10120.0230.1670.198
New Orleans10650.0150.1120.139
Washington8840.0190.1480.206
Carolina10770.0140.1160.201
Houston11590.0260.2130.211
Dallas10690.0220.2040.210
N.Y. Jets9570.0250.2230.303
Detroit10220.0280.2720.279
Baltimore11560.0170.1500.203
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