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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 occurring on special teams are not included.

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The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (1326), Defensive Holding (965), Roughing the Passer (503), Illegal Contact (274), Illegal Use of Hands (208), Face Mask (15 Yards) (171), Personal Foul (61), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (10), and Tripping (6)

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TeamBenefitted OffenseHarmed DefenseNet CountBenefitted Off YardsHarmed Def YardsNet Penalty YardsOff DesperationDef DesperationNet DesperationNet Yardage MitigatedOff TDsDef TDsNet TDs
Cincinnati110101911149651493629712931283
Kansas City108124-169911271-2803237-5-1353638-2
San Francisco118125-711971329-1323339-6-11732320
Philadelphia100116-1611111189-782639-13-1213142-11
Dallas104120-1610521258-2062134-13-10233303
Buffalo98102-4118410561282931-2-5028253
Jacksonville98104-610421114-7226251-632239
Seattle101131-3011341319-1852834-6-2123242-10
Washington1058421999967322519612529236
LA Rams94102-88521303-4512628-2-722334-11
Baltimore103118-151393115024330291-4034304
Cleveland105109-49301328-3982435-11-683239-7
Pittsburgh10387161242920322262339828253
Las Vegas109134-2513121409-973240-8-2022638-12
N.Y. Giants10496810681033352627-1-17372611
Indianapolis12699271330118414637241327534331
Miami102116-141277114413332311-1292430-6
New England130108221318107424434286177433112
Denver131118131356132135322488134340
Chicago11599161125110025361620226443014
Detroit105126-2111081296-18832302-853234-2
Atlanta133101321262109117140211923448408
Arizona113932012498004492632-6992529-4
Tennessee1229131120094725333249254362610
New Orleans103144-4110801451-3712030-10-2914854-6
Green Bay14995541705890815342014337452817
Tampa Bay10198310429657734268882835-7
Houston100119-199571256-2992334-11-1512643-17
LA Chargers109125-1611021271-1692529-4-853240-8
Minnesota12210418128910911982631-54040400
Carolina102957936963-272423116382711
N.Y. Jets101140-399981500-5022440-16-2962537-12
Totals3524352403695536955093293200106610660

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"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 tabulated 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.