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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago1210.0500.4050.306
Green Bay1780.0220.2420.466
Minnesota1680.0540.5060.637
Atlanta1820.0270.1980.352
LA Rams1970.0150.1170.147
Cleveland1850.0380.2540.357
LA Chargers1900.0260.2680.263
Seattle1970.0250.2440.284
Cincinnati1910.0210.1830.209
Tampa Bay1970.0200.1980.279
San Francisco2010.0350.2790.368
New England2050.0290.2490.263
Pittsburgh1630.0370.2760.448
Denver2060.0240.2520.282
Arizona2090.0240.1960.191
Buffalo2030.0390.3150.330
Indianapolis1880.0270.1970.388
Tennessee1870.0370.2940.299
Oakland1720.0120.1160.279
Kansas City1920.0360.2760.365
Jacksonville1580.0320.3350.481
Miami1760.0230.2440.347
Philadelphia2120.0190.1890.170
N.Y. Giants1920.0050.0160.052
New Orleans1720.0170.1400.134
Carolina1960.0100.1020.082
Detroit1980.0050.0510.076
N.Y. Jets1720.0350.3490.465
Washington1130.0180.0970.265
Dallas1940.0150.1800.072
Houston1760.0230.1190.222
Baltimore2230.0180.1610.130
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