AFC East: Alberto Riveron
MIAMI -- The New England Patriots are the NFL's least-penalized team.
The Patriots went into the AFC East rematch with 38 penalties called against them and only 31 accepted.
They were flagged eight times Sunday, with six of the penalties counting for 38 yards. Two of the penalties -- a personal foul and an ejection -- were offsetting. The distance also is misleading because one was a half-the-distance unnecessary roughness.
Here is the rundown of flags thrown by Alberto Riveron's crew:
- Guard Stephen Neal, holding (10 yards).
- Neal, personal foul (offsetting with Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell).
- Linebacker Tedy Bruschi, unnecessary roughness (4 yards, half the distance).
- Neal, false start (5 yards).
- Tackle Nick Kaczur, false start (5 yards).
- Center Dan Koppen, holding (9 yards, half the distance).
- Tackle Matt Light, disqualification (offsetting with Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder).
- Defensive end Richard Seymour, encroachment (5 yards)
The game deteriorated in the fourth quarter after Light and Crowder were ejected. Light likely will face additional disciplinary action for grabbing the helmetless Crowder by the hair and throwing three punches at the back of his head.
"We hate to see that," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "That's not what we want to be a part of. We want to make a statement on the field with the way we're playing, and we'll do our talking on Sundays."
Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter was flagged twice in a three-play span for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct on the Patriots' final drive.
Perhaps to make a point, the Patriots on a fourth-and-goal play handed the ball to BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a 1-yard touchdown with 37 seconds left.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said. "I mean, at the end of the day, we'll see what happens. They won one. We won one.
"Looks like we have a little rivalry."