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 (47), 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)

TeamOffensive PlaysTotalYardage MitigatedPenalty Yards
Kansas City1370.0150.0800.088
Seattle1180.0170.3560.390
Atlanta1480.0200.2160.264
Buffalo1400.0430.4570.543
N.Y. Jets1150.0520.5830.774
Miami1300.0310.2770.400
Cleveland1250.0320.2800.328
Detroit1300.0310.3000.292
Indianapolis1360.0510.3600.412
Jacksonville1210.0170.1650.372
Tampa Bay1220.0570.3611.139
New Orleans1230.0330.3170.553
Arizona1510.0200.2120.152
San Francisco1200.0250.1920.475
Las Vegas1370.0440.3140.679
Carolina1350.0150.0520.237
Dallas1480.0340.2030.169
N.Y. Giants1260.0320.3170.238
Tennessee1370.0440.2410.518
Minnesota960.0730.5520.823
Denver1300.0380.2080.385
Washington1300.0230.1380.185
Chicago1290.0160.1550.209
Cincinnati1550.0190.1610.206
New England1330.0150.1500.113
LA Chargers1500.0130.1000.133
Houston1150.0090.0870.043
Green Bay1420.0210.1270.106
Philadelphia1360.0070.0740.110
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