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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2012 season

Through nine games, the Patriots have been flagged for 55 penalties (22nd in the league) for a total of 467 yards (23rd in the league). 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:
TE Rob Gronkowski [1]: four penalties (two offensive holding, false start, offensive pass interference), 35 yards
DL Vince Wilfork [2]: four penalties (two encroachment, defensive offsides, facemask), 30 yards
Team: four penalties (illegal formation, illegal shift, illegal block above the waist, defensive holding), 25 yards
CB Devin McCourty [3]: three penalties (defensive holding, two defensive pass interference), 51 yards
LB Brandon Spikes [4]: three penalties (defensive holding, unnecessary roughness, roughing the passer), 35 yards
LB Jerod Mayo [5]: three penalties (two defensive pass interference, one unnecessary roughness) 23 yards
CB Ras-I Dowling: two penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding), 19 yards
WR Julian Edelman [6]: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 15 yards
OL Donald Thomas: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
ST Niko Koutouvides: two penalties (defensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 14 yards
OT Sebastian Vollmer [7]: two penalties (illegal formation, false start), 10 yards
DE Chandler Jones: two penalties (encroachment, defensive offsides) 10 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: two penalties (defensive holding, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
TE Daniel Fells: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 12 yards
S Pat Chung [8]: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 40 yards
S Steve Gregory [9]: one penalty (personal foul), 15 yards
WR Brandon Lloyd [10]: one penalty (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: one penalty (defensive holding), 10 yards
C Ryan Wendell: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S Tavon Wilson: one penalty (offensive holding’€“punt return team), 10 yards
ST Nate Ebner: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
QB Tom Brady [11]: one penalty (intentional grounding), 10 yards
CB Kyle Arrington [12]: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
LS Danny Aiken: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
G Logan Mankins [13]: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
OT Nate Solder [14]: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez [15]: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
ST Matthew Slater [16]: one penalty (offsides on free kick), 5 yards
DL Jake Bequette: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
DL Jermaine Cunningham [17]: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich [18]: one penalty (encroachment) 3 yards
RB Stevan Ridley: one penalty (false start), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Defensive line: Nine penalties for 53 yards
Cornerback: Eight penalties for 90 yards
Tight end: Seven penalties for 52 yards
Offensive line: Seven penalties for 45 yards
Linebacker: Seven penalties for 63 yards
Specialists (punter, kicker, long snapper, kick/punt units): Six penalties for 44 yards
Team: Four penalties for 25 yards
Wide receiver: Three penalties for 25 yards
Safety: Two penalties for 55 yards
Quarterback: One penalty for 10 yards
Running back: One penalty for 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties:
False start: 10
Defensive holding: Seven
Defensive pass interference: Six
Offensive holding: Six
Encroachment: Six
Offensive pass interference: Four
Defensive offsides: Three
Unnecessary roughness: Three
Illegal block above the waist: Two
Illegal formation: Two
Intentional grounding: One
Personal foul: One
Illegal shift: One
Offsides on free kick: One
Roughing the passer: One
Facemask: One