INDIANAPOLIS — Watch out for offensive holding penalties in Super Bowl XLVI.
Officials have called only eight penalties for holding on offensive plays during the postseason, six of them against the NFC champion New York Giants. Three of the six were against Chris Snee, with two against David Baas and one against David Diehl.
John Parry is the referee for Super Bowl XLVI. His crew ranked third in most penalties for offensive holding during the regular season.
I've put together a chart from ESPN Stats & Information showing where Parry's crew ranked in various penalties during the 2011 season. Parry is working with an all-star crew, not his usual one. That could affect tendencies.
Parry's low ranking for unnecessary roughness appears offset, at least somewhat, by a higher number of calls for generic personal fouls.