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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 (1117), Defensive Holding (836), Roughing the Passer (433), 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
Carolina95896883884-12022-2-19382711
Houston89112-238171172-3551932-13-1832643-17
Detroit95107-129761084-10829272-393234-2
Green Bay13485491537781756331716339452817
Baltimore96103-71317103528228262-634304
Kansas City9097-7822960-13830291-443638-2
Seattle88110-229831120-1372430-6-1783242-10
Tennessee11075351051737314311912307362610
LA Chargers94112-189311156-2252023-3-893240-8
Dallas84103-197881061-2731429-15-12433303
Philadelphia94104-1010241089-652335-12-993142-11
San Francisco100103-31019982372933-4-9032320
Denver113104911361139-3262065234340
Jacksonville8992-3959998-3924231-532239
Cleveland8791-47351032-2971732-15-903239-7
Cincinnati94831193379413934221219831283
Chicago100851596694323321517189443014
Buffalo878251027849178262421528253
Miami8599-1410509678328280-1152430-6
N.Y. Giants90819985908772325-213372611
Washington927022848788602217510629236
Las Vegas88117-2910211230-2092437-13-2592638-12
New Orleans87126-399251309-3841823-5-2794854-6
New England1129517112189622531238174433112
Indianapolis1128923118010141663122922434331
Arizona95831210317422892231-9542529-4
Minnesota1069313112810211072228-62440400
N.Y. Jets90125-359101290-3801935-16-3062537-12
Pittsburgh837941027860167242045728253
Tampa Bay908739488787033258802835-7
LA Rams7794-177201230-5102326-3-1172334-11
Atlanta1178829108893715138191921048408
Totals3063306303188631886081781700106610660

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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.