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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2013 season

12.03.13 at 9:55 am ET

Through 12 games, the Patriots have been flagged for 51 penalties (tied for 30th in the league) for a total of 493 yards (30th). Sunday’s game marked the second time this season they were not flagged for a single penalty. Here’s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
OL Logan Mankins: five penalties (two offensive holding, unnecessary roughness, false start, clipping), 55 yards
CB Aqib Talib: four penalties (defensive pass interference, unnecessary roughness, two defensive holding), 63 yards
Team: three penalties (illegal shift, offensive holding, personal foul), 30 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: three penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding, running into the kicker), 30 yards
OL Dan Connolly: three penalties (two false starts, illegal block above the waist), 20 yards
WR Julian Edelman: three penaltes (illegal shift, offensive holding, false start), 20 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: three penalties (three false starts), 11 yards
DT Chris White: two penalties (offensive holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 25 yards
DL Chandler Jones: two penalties (roughing the passer, neutral zone infraction), 20 yards
S Duron Harmon: two penalties (offensive holding and illegal block above the waist–special teams), 18 yards
OL Nate Solder: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
S Steve Gregory: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 30 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
LB Dont’a Hightower: one penalty (facemask), 15 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: one penalty (unnecessary roughness), 15 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: one penalty (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
OL Ryan Wendell: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S Nate Ebner: one penalty (illegal block above the waist–special teams), 10 yards
LB Jamie Collins: one penalty (illegal block above the waist–special teams), 10 yards
S Tavon Wilson: one penalty (offensive holding–special teams) 10 yards
LB Chris White: one penalty (illegal use of hands), 5 yards
TE Michael Hoomanawanui: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
CB Marquice Cole: one penalty (12 men on the field), 5 yards
QB Tom Brady: one penalty (delay of game), 5 yards
S Kanorris Davis: one penalty (illegal formation), 5 yards
S Devin McCourty: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
WR Danny Amendola: one penalty (offensive pass interference) 10 yards
TE Matthew Mulligan: one penalty (offensive holding) 10 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (defensive pass interference) 6 yards

Most penalized by position
Cornerback: 113 yards
Offensive line: 111 yards
Safety: 58 yards
Defensive line: 51 yards
Linebacker: 45 yards
Wide receiver: 40 yards
Team: 30 yards
Tight end: 20 yards
Quarterback: 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties
False start: 10
Offensive holding: 10
Illegal block above the waist: Four
Unnecessary roughness: Four
Defensive pass interference: Four
Defensive holding: Four
Illegal shift: Two
Roughing the passer: One
Neutral zone infraction: One
Twelve men on the field: One
Illegal formation: One
Facemask: One
Delay of game: One
Offensive Pass Interference: Two
Unsportsmanlike conduct: One
Personal foul: One
Running into the kicker: One
Illegal use of hands: One
Clipping: One

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the penalty breakdown through the first 12 games of 2012.

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