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Following the flags: Breaking down the Patriots penalties for the 2011 postseason

02.09.12 at 10:03 am ET

The Patriots were flagged for eight penalties and 53 yards this past postseason. Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that went against the Patriots in the three playoff games, not including penalties that were declined or offset. (By way of comparison, here’s a look at the penalty breakdown for the regular season.):

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
S Patrick Chung: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
Team: two penalties (both 12 men on the field), 10 yards
OL Brian Waters: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
QB Ton Brady: one penalty (intentional grounding), 6 yards
DL Vince Wifork: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
LB Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (offsides), 5 yards
OL Logan Mankins, one penalty (false start), 2 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: two penalties for 12 yards
Team: two penalties for 10 yards
Safety: one penalty for 15 yards
Quarterback: one penalty for 6 yards
Linebacker: one penalty for 5 yards
Defensive line: one penalty for 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties:
12 men on the field: 2
Unnecessary roughness: 1
Offensive holding: 1
Intentional Grounding: 1
Encroachment: 1
Offsides: 1
False start: 1

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