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Following the flags: Breaking down the Patriots penalties through 14 games

12.21.11 at 1:20 am ET
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Through 14 games this season, the Patriots have been flagged for 78 penalties (26th in the league) and 688 yards (26th). New England was called for four penalties for 30 yards on Sunday against Denver. Here’s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots this year, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
Team: eight penalties (12 men on the field, offensive holding, illegal block above the waist, two illegal substitutions, illegal shift, delay of game), 44 yards
OL Logan Mankins: seven penalties (two offensive holding and five false starts), 41 yards
OL Matt Light: five penalties (four holding and one false start), 40 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: five penalties (holding, false start, facemask, unsportsmanlike conduct, illegal touch pass), 49 yards
OL Nate Solder: four penalties (three holding and illegal use of hands), 40 yards
S Sergio Brown: four penalties (three defensive pass interference and one unnecessary roughness), 86 yards
QB Tom Brady: four penalties (two delay of game and two intentional grounding), 25 yards
DL Vince Wilfork: four penalties (unsportsmanlike conduct, defensive holding, two unnecessary roughness), 37 yards
OL Brian Waters: three penalties (one holding, two offensive holding), 25 yards
LB Dane Fletcher: two penalties (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 17 yards
LB Brandon Spikes: two penalties (holding, encroachment), 11 yards
TE Dan Gronkowski: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
CB Leigh Bodden: two penalties (both defensive holding), 10 yards
WR Wes Welker: two penalties (illegal motion, false start), 10 yards
S Pat Chung: two penalties (unnecessary roughness and facemask), 15 yards
WR Deion Branch: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
WR Chad Ochocinco: two penalties (illegal formation, false start), 9 yards
DL Andre Carter: two penalties (both roughing the passer), 26 yards
CB Devin McCourty: two penalties (illegal block above the waist, defensive pass interference), 21 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 35 yards
LB Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
DL Kyle Love: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
OL Dan Connolly: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S James Ihedigbo: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
WR/DB Julian Edelman: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
OL Sebastian Vollmer: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
K Stephen Gostkowski: one penalty (illegal onsides kick), 5 yards
DE Mark Anderson: one penalty (defensive offsides), 5 yards
RB BenJarvus Green Ellis: one penalty (illegal substitution), 5 yards
OL Donald Thomas: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
CB Phillip Adams: one penalty (illegal contact), 5 yards
LB Gary Guyton: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: 23 penalties for 181 yards
Defensive line: eight penalties for 83 yards
Tight end: eight penalties for 64 yards
Team: eight penalties for 44 yards
Safety: seven penalties for 123 yards
Wide receiver: seven penalties for 39 yards
Cornerback: six penalties for 71 yards
Linebacker: five penalties for 48 yards
Quarterback: four penalties for 25 yards
Running back: one penalty for five yards
Kicker: one penalty for five yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
Offensive holding: 19
False start: 16
Defensive pass interference: five
Illegal block above the waist: four
Unnecessary roughness: four
Roughing the passer: four
Illegal substitution: three
Defensive holding: three
Delay of game: three
Intentional grounding: two
Unsportsmanlike conduct: two
Facemask: two
Encroachment: two
Illegal formation: one
Illegal use of hands: one
Illegal motion: one
Twelve men in the huddle: one
Illegal onside kick: one
Defensive offsides: one
Illegal touch pass: one
Illegal shift: one
Illegal contact: one

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