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 (122), Defensive Pass Interference (95), Roughing the Passer (71), Illegal Use of Hands (31), Face Mask (15 Yards) (28), Illegal Contact (16), and Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (13)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Chicago3600.0330.2890.256
Green Bay4410.0430.3720.583
Minnesota4260.0420.3470.378
Atlanta4410.0320.2380.424
LA Rams4690.0190.1600.194
Cleveland3530.0310.2270.272
LA Chargers4380.0370.3220.379
Seattle4650.0280.3160.297
Cincinnati4370.0370.3870.419
Tampa Bay4000.0230.2230.250
San Francisco4100.0240.1880.234
New England4980.0240.1950.297
Pittsburgh3260.0430.3470.429
Denver4380.0250.2080.279
Arizona4660.0210.1760.215
Buffalo3880.0280.2140.211
Indianapolis3980.0380.2990.430
Tennessee4250.0350.3080.261
Oakland3690.0110.0890.146
Kansas City4210.0450.3850.387
Jacksonville4440.0230.2360.295
Miami3580.0340.2770.363
Philadelphia4530.0240.2430.223
N.Y. Giants4350.0230.1380.177
New Orleans4400.0140.1180.130
Washington3800.0180.1680.195
Carolina3850.0210.1840.278
Houston4490.0270.1960.194
Dallas4570.0260.2780.249
N.Y. Jets3340.0390.3350.494
Detroit3930.0230.2370.239
Baltimore4960.0160.1550.113
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