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Penalty watch: Gunner work at its best

12/13/2012

In updating this week's "penalty watch," a few notes come to the forefront:

1. Receiver Wes Welker and special teams captain Matthew Slater both drew holding penalties. Slater's came on punt coverage at the start of the third quarter and was a good example of his effectiveness as a gunner.

2. Defensive ends Trevor Scott (neutral zone infraction) and Justin Francis (offside) were a bit too aggressive.

3. Offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer and Dan Connolly were flagged for holding, with Connolly's penalty his first of the season.

4. Safety Patrick Chung picked up a facemask penalty late as his tough season continues.

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

Penalty count

Brandon Spikes -- 8

Alfonzo Dennard -- 5

Jerod Mayo -- 5

Vince Wilfork -- 5

Kyle Arrington -- 4

Rob Gronkowski -- 4

Devin McCourty -- 4

Nate Solder -- 4

Sebastian Vollmer -- 4

Tom Brady -- 3

Patrick Chung -- 3

Ras-I Dowling -- 3

Daniel Fells -- 3

Aaron Hernandez -- 3

Stevan Ridley -- 3

Donald Thomas -- 3

Jermaine Cunningham -- 2

Nate Ebner-- 2

Julian Edelman -- 2

Dont'a Hightower -- 2

Chandler Jones -- 2

Niko Koutouvides -- 2

Sterling Moore -- 2

Aqib Talib -- 2

Danny Aiken -- 1

Jake Bequette -- 1

Marquice Cole -- 1

Dan Connolly -- 1

Justin Francis -- 1

Steve Gregory -- 1

Logan Mankins -- 1

Rob Ninkovich -- 1

Trevor Scott -- 1

Matthew Slater -- 1

Ryan Wendell-- 1

Tavon Wilson -- 1

TEAM -- 4

Most called penalties

Defensive holding -- 13

Offensive holding -- 12

Defensive pass interference -- 10

Encroachment -- 9

False start -- 8

Offensive pass interference -- 5

Illegal contact -- 4

Unnecessary roughness -- 4

Intentional grounding -- 3

Offside -- 3

Roughing the passer -- 3

Face Mask -- 2

Special teams false start -- 2

Special teams holding -- 2

Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2

Chop block -- 1

Illegal formation -- 1

Illegal motion -- 1

Illegal shift -- 1

Illegal use of hands -- 1

Low block -- 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

Trevor Scott (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1

Matthew Slater -- 1

Brandon Spikes -- 1

(two drawn holdings on special teams vs. Rams unclear)