Anthony Spencer's penalty costly

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Cowboys were penalized a season-high 10 times Sunday at New England, and one of Anthony Spencer’s two penalties was costly.

Spencer had a roughing-the-passer penalty in the second quarter when he hit Tom Brady after the quarterback let go of a pass for Deion Branch, although it seemed to be a flag brought about by over-protection of the passer nowadays.

The penalty gave New England a first down at the Dallas 33 and the Patriots scored a touchdown five plays later.

“They called it,” Spencer said. “It’s part of the game. They’re out there for a reason to do their jobs.”

Spencer was bailed out after an egregious running-into-the-kicker flag late in the third quarter kept another drive alive. On fourth-and-5 from the Dallas 39, Spencer grazed Zoltan Mesko for the flag. Four plays later, however, the Cowboys recovered a fumble by tight end Aaron Hernandez.

“I probably could’ve stopped. That was just messing up,” Spencer said. “I should’ve just ran by him and not gone in front of him in the first place.”