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 (52), Defensive Holding (22), Roughing the Passer (14), Illegal Contact (10), Face Mask (15 Yards) (9), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (5), and Illegal Use of Hands (2)

TeamDefensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Houston1320.0150.0830.091
Atlanta1370.0360.3500.453
Seattle1460.0140.1710.110
N.Y. Jets1400.0500.4790.721
Buffalo1250.0400.4400.480
New England1180.0340.3810.441
Baltimore1240.0400.3630.371
Chicago1340.0450.4250.381
Jacksonville1850.0590.3080.562
Indianapolis940.0430.3510.734
New Orleans1410.0570.3481.206
Tampa Bay1360.0290.2280.515
San Francisco1400.0290.3070.371
Arizona1210.0250.1820.380
Carolina1180.0420.3220.525
Las Vegas1220.0160.1230.246
LA Rams1380.0070.0360.029
Pittsburgh1350.0520.3630.496
Denver1420.0140.0920.218
Dallas1440.0140.1180.194
Miami1850.0220.1730.168
Green Bay1070.0370.2800.374
Detroit1310.0310.2140.282
Cleveland1460.0210.1710.219
Tennessee1330.0080.0750.113
Kansas City1370.0070.0580.109
Minnesota1430.0280.2590.140
Philadelphia1370.0070.0440.036
Cincinnati1290.0080.0540.039
Washington1400.0140.1500.143
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