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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 occuring on special teams are not included.

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The table below contains the following penalties: Defensive Pass Interference (1133), Defensive Holding (838), Roughing the Passer (434), Illegal Contact (249), Illegal Use of Hands (189), Face Mask (15 Yards) (163), Personal Foul (61), Lowering the Head to Initiate Contact (10), and Tripping (5)

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TeamBenefitted OffenseHarmed DefenseNet CountBenefitted Off YardsHarmed Def YardsNet Penalty YardsOff DesperationDef DesperationNet DesperationNet Yardage MitigatedOff TDsDef TDsNet TDs
Green Bay13787501618821797331815332452817
San Francisco102106-410591063-43033-3-8332320
Las Vegas88118-3010211245-2242437-13-2662638-12
Miami8699-1310659679828280-1082430-6
Seattle88111-239831125-1422430-6-1813242-10
Minnesota1079314113310211122228-62740400
N.Y. Jets90126-369101309-3991936-17-3162537-12
Denver114104101155113916272076234340
Cincinnati9485993381811534231118631283
Pittsburgh857961051860191252056928253
Atlanta1198930109594315238191921748408
N.Y. Giants91838991915762325-26372611
Cleveland8892-47401080-3401733-16-1013239-7
Chicago1018615101494866331518200443014
Washington92712184879652221759829236
Buffalo888261035849186262422328253
Kansas City9099-9822979-15730300-583638-2
LA Chargers96112-169501156-2062123-2-753240-8
Indianapolis1129022118010251553122921734331
Tennessee11175361062737325311912314362610
Carolina95896883884-12022-2-19382711
Houston89112-238171172-3551932-13-1832643-17
Detroit95107-129761084-10829272-393234-2
Baltimore96103-71317103528228262-634304
Dallas84103-197881061-2731429-15-12433303
Philadelphia94104-1010241089-652335-12-993142-11
Jacksonville8992-3959998-3924231-532239
New Orleans87126-399251309-3841823-5-2794854-6
New England1129517112189622531238174433112
Arizona95831210317422892231-9542529-4
Tampa Bay908739488787033258802835-7
LA Rams7794-177201230-5102326-3-1172334-11
Totals3082308203217432174082282200106610660

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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 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.