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Patriots had seventh-fewest penalties

The Patriots finished the season with 81 accepted penalties, which ranked as the seventh-fewest in the NFL. Considering that the Patriots had 20 percent of those penalties in their first two games, they improved penalty-wise as the season progressed.

As a comparison, the Ravens finished with 115 accepted penalties, which put them in a three-team tie for the third-most penalties this season.

Sunday’s Patriots penalties: James Sanders (unnecessary roughness), Pat Chung (unnecessary roughness), Darius Butler (defensive pass interference) and Stephen Neal (offensive holding).

Here is the final Patriots penalty leaderboard, which includes declined and offsetting infractions:

Penalty leaders:

G Logan Mankins – 8

QB Tom Brady – 7

G Stephen Neal – 6

C Dan Koppen – 5

WR Sam Aiken – 4

TE Chris Baker – 4

CB Leigh Bodden – 4

CB Darius Butler – 4

OT Sebastian Vollmer – 4

Penalty count:

False start – 16

Holding (offense) - 11

Delay of game (offense) – 6

Pass interference (defense) – 6

Pass interference (offense) – 5

Holding (defense) – 4

Holding (special teams) – 4

Offside (defense) – 4

Roughing the passer – 4

Unnecessary roughness - 4