Drive Extending Automatic First Down Penalties - 2009 to Present

This page shows all penalties that resulted in an automatic first down, based on the type of penalty, on 3rd and 4th down.

In other words the offense would likely have punted or settled in some form, but the drive was extended by an automatic first down. There are many additional penalties that based on the penalty yardage and distance remaining resulted in a first down. Declined and Offsetting penalties are not shown in this table. Penalties occuring on special teams are not included.

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The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (988), Defensive Holding (773), Roughing the Passer (378), Illegal Contact (233), Illegal Use of Hands (177), Face Mask (15 Yards) (152), Personal Foul (61), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (6), and Tripping (5)

TeamGamesBenefitted OffenseHarmed DefenseNet CountBenefitted Off YardsHarmed Def YardsNet Penalty YardsOff DesperationDef DesperationNet DesperationNet Yardage MitigatedOff TDsDef TDsNet TDs
Denver1870.5030.508-0.0055.0805.471-0.3900.1230.1020.021-0.1180.1820.1820.000
Tennessee1820.5380.3680.1705.1483.5601.5880.1590.0930.0661.5660.1980.1430.055
Pittsburgh1880.3780.3780.0004.4154.1220.2930.1120.1010.0110.0960.1490.1330.016
N.Y. Giants1820.4400.3960.0444.9954.5330.4620.1210.1210.0000.2030.2030.1430.060
Jacksonville1800.4390.450-0.0114.6784.5440.1330.1170.1110.006-0.0110.1780.1280.050
Indianapolis1890.5500.4340.1165.7204.6881.0320.1430.1060.0371.0260.1800.1750.005
Carolina1840.4840.4080.0764.4954.1200.3750.1090.114-0.0050.2010.2070.1470.060
Las Vegas1780.4380.590-0.1524.9666.388-1.4210.1240.191-0.067-1.2420.1460.213-0.067
Arizona1820.4950.4230.0715.3133.8851.4290.1210.165-0.0440.3630.1370.159-0.022
San Francisco1880.4790.500-0.0214.7824.7340.0480.1380.160-0.021-0.5850.1700.1700.000
Tampa Bay1770.4290.4290.0004.1364.288-0.1530.1690.1240.0450.4180.1580.198-0.040
New Orleans1900.4110.605-0.1954.3896.142-1.7530.0890.116-0.026-1.4740.2530.284-0.032
Cincinnati1840.4950.4350.0604.9084.0540.8530.1790.1140.0651.0760.1680.1520.016
LA Chargers1820.4510.555-0.1044.4625.791-1.3300.1100.121-0.011-0.5550.1760.220-0.044
Philadelphia1860.4410.527-0.0864.8495.409-0.5590.1180.177-0.059-0.7260.1670.226-0.059
Washington1790.4470.3300.1174.2573.8160.4410.1170.0780.0390.7320.1620.1280.034
Baltimore1910.4820.487-0.0056.4504.7641.6860.1410.1310.0100.0790.1780.1570.021
Cleveland1780.4610.483-0.0223.8315.360-1.5280.0900.169-0.079-0.4380.1800.219-0.039
New England2010.5270.4430.0855.3584.2641.0950.1390.1040.0350.7910.2140.1540.060
Miami1780.4330.517-0.0845.3605.1240.2360.1520.1400.011-0.5620.1350.169-0.034
N.Y. Jets1830.4370.601-0.1644.4866.251-1.7650.0930.169-0.077-1.4480.1370.202-0.066
Buffalo1790.4360.4080.0285.1454.0391.1060.1170.134-0.0170.0000.1560.1400.017
Atlanta1860.5480.4350.1134.9624.7260.2370.1940.1020.0910.8230.2580.2150.043
Seattle1940.4070.536-0.1294.5415.485-0.9430.1030.149-0.046-1.1600.1650.216-0.052
Houston1870.4550.535-0.0804.0645.540-1.4760.0960.160-0.064-0.7270.1390.230-0.091
Kansas City1880.4470.4470.0004.1174.239-0.1220.1440.1280.0160.0050.1910.202-0.011
Green Bay1950.6150.3690.2467.0673.2623.8050.1640.0770.0871.8310.2310.1440.087
LA Rams1810.3980.481-0.0833.7466.028-2.2820.1220.133-0.011-0.5470.1270.188-0.061
Dallas1840.4350.500-0.0653.9955.190-1.1960.0710.141-0.071-0.4080.1790.1630.016
Chicago1800.5110.4330.0784.6284.761-0.1330.1610.0830.0780.8560.2440.1670.078
Detroit1800.4670.528-0.0614.8945.283-0.3890.1440.1390.006-0.1830.1780.189-0.011
Minnesota1850.5300.4810.0495.6115.3570.2540.1140.146-0.0320.0160.2160.2160.000

More Explanation

"Desperation" is 3rd and 10 or more or 4th and 6 or more. A team with an Off Desperation of 24 has gotten 24 automatic first downs when they were in a desperate situation. A team with a Def Desperation of 19 has given up 19 automatic first downs when they had the offense in a desperate situation. "Yardage Mitigated" is the total yardage the offense had remaining to get a first down when the flag was thrown granting a first down.

Off TDs/Def TDs: Shows if the drive resulted in a TD. Why not track total points? Because we can't reasonably know if a team was in FG range, and if so what percentage the penalty helped. We can be reasonably sure the team wouldn't have a TD if not for the penalty.

For Example: Arizona is playing Carolina. Arizona has the ball 3rd and 11 and Carolina is called for Defensive Holding. It's 5 yards and an automatic first down. The drive resulted in a TD. The play is tablated as follows.

Arizona: +1 Benefitted Offense, +1 Net Count, +5 Benefitted Off Yards, +5 Net Penaly Yards, +1 Off Desperation, +1 Net Desperation, +11 Net Yardage Mitigated, +1 Off TD, +1 Net TD.

Carolina: +1 Harmed Defense, -1 Net Count, +5 Harmed Def Yards, -5 Net Penaly Yards, +1 Def Desperation, -1 Net Desperation, -11 Net Yardage Mitigated, +1 Def TD, -1 Net TD.

Issues with the Data: While by and large these penalties extend drives, it is possible that some of these drives would not have ended. The offense might accept a 15 yard penalty on a play where they otherwise only gained 6, but got the first down. This table does not account for that. Also if the penalty occurred on 3rd down the team may have gone for it on 4th and extended the drive that way.

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