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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2012 postseason

This past postseason, the Patriots were flagged for 9 penalties for a total of 96 yards. Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that went against the Patriots in their two playoff games, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost (one penalty each):
K Stephen Gostkowski [1] (horse collar tackle) 15 yards
WR Brandon Lloyd [2] (unsportsmanlike conduct) 15 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard (defensive pass interference) 15 yards
S Steve Gregory [3] (unnecessary roughness) 15 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez [4] (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
OL Nate Solder [5] (offensive holding) 10 yards
CB./ST Aqib Talib [6] (offensive holding-punt team) 10 yards
Team (defensive offsides) 5 yards
DL Justin Francis [7] (defensive offsides) 1 yard

Most penalized by position:
Specialists (punter, kicker, long snapper, kick/punt units): Two penalties for 25 yards
Wide receiver: One penalty for 15 yards
Cornerback: One penalty for 15 yards
Safety: One penalty for 15 yards
Tight end: One penalty for 10 yards
Offensive line: One penalty for 10 yards
Team: One penalty for 5 yards
Defensive line: One penalty for 1 yard

Most frequently called penalties:
Offensive holding: Two
Defensive offsides: Two
Horse collar tackle: One
Unsportsmanlike conduct: One
Defensive pass interference: One
Offensive pass interference: One
Unnecessary roughness: One

On the regular season, the Patriots were hit with 97 penalties for 840 yards. [8]