I have attempted to search for this answer before, but often end up getting answers akin to the longest distance a drive has taken between goal lines, hence the answer is something like 99 yards. However, this answer and those like it are to a different question.
My question is as follows, with consideration for penalty yards, what is the longest drive ever in the NFL? To clarify:
- If on 1st down the offense were to commit a 15 yard personal foul, they'd lose 15 yards and then the new 1st down yardage would become 1st and 25. Then;
- If on the 1st and 25 attempt, defensive holding were to occur, the defense committed a holding penalty, there would be a 5 yard penalty as well as an automatic 1st down.
If the above series of penalties were to occur when the ball started on the Offense's 40-yard line, the resultant would be 1st and 10 starting on the Offense's 30-yard line. Effectively, if the offense were to drive down the field they would have to go 10 yards further.