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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Penalty watch: Not special teams

By Mike Reiss

In updating this week's "penalty watch," a few notes that stand out:

1. The Patriots entered Sunday's game against the 49ers with just two special teams holding penalties on the season. They had three against the 49ers, on linebacker Mike Rivera, cornerback Marquice Cole and fullback James Develin.

2. Rivera drew a holding penalty as part of the punt team.

3. Guard Logan Mankins had a two-penalty day -- false start/low block -- after committing just one penalty up to that point this season.

4. The illegal shift penalty was defined as "team," and thus not assessed to a player.

The full breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Logan Mankins
With two infractions against the 49ers, Logan Mankins tripled his season penalty total.
Penalty count
Brandon Spikes -- 8
Alfonzo Dennard -- 5
Jerod Mayo -- 5
Sebastian Vollmer -- 5
Vince Wilfork -- 5
Kyle Arrington -- 4
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 4
Nate Solder -- 4
Tom Brady -- 3
Patrick Chung -- 3
Ras-I Dowling -- 3
Daniel Fells -- 3
Aaron Hernandez -- 3
Chandler Jones -- 3
Logan Mankins -- 3
Stevan Ridley -- 3
Aqib Talib -- 3
Donald Thomas -- 3
Marquice Cole -- 2
Jermaine Cunningham -- 2
Nate Ebner-- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Dont'a Hightower -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Sterling Moore -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Jake Bequette -- 1
Dan Connolly -- 1
James Develin -- 1
Justin Francis -- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Mike Rivera -- 1
Trevor Scott -- 1
Matthew Slater -- 1
Ryan Wendell-- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1
TEAM -- 5

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 13
Offensive holding -- 12
Defensive pass interference -- 11
Encroachment -- 9
False start -- 9
Offensive pass interference -- 5
Special teams holding -- 5
Illegal contact -- 4
Offside -- 4
Unnecessary roughness -- 4
Intentional grounding -- 3
Roughing the passer -- 3
Face Mask -- 2
Illegal shift -- 2
Illegal use of hands -- 2
Low block -- 2
Special teams false start -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Chop block -- 1
Illegal formation -- 1
Illegal motion -- 1
Neutral zone infraction -- 1
Offside (special teams) -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams offside -- 1
12-men-on-the-field -- 2

Drawn holding penalties
Jermaine Cunningham -- 4
Chandler Jones -- 3
Wes Welker -- 3
Vince Wilfork -- 3
Brandon Lloyd -- 2
Kyle Love -- 2
Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Justin Francis -- 1
Rob Gronkowski -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Mike Rivera - 1
Trevor Scott (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1
Matthew Slater -- 1
Brandon Spikes -- 1
(two drawn holdings on special teams vs. Rams unclear)