Penalty watch: Patriots vs. Falcons

(Every Thursday leading off the day, we'll explore the New England Patriots' penalty breakdown in comparison with the team's opponent, while adding a few league-wide stats.)

Total penalties: 17

Total accepted penalties: 13 (only 5 teams have fewer)

Falcons' total accepted penalties: 16 (9 teams have fewer)

NFL team with fewest accepted penalties: Colts, with 7

NFL team with most accepted penalties: Jets, with 34

Most frequent Patriots penalty: False start (5)

Key stat: The Patriots' 9 penalties against the Buccaneers were a season high.

Most penalized Patriot: Tackle/guard Marcus Cannon; cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, defensive end Chandler Jones, left tackle Nate Solder, tied with 2

SUMMARY: Of the Patriots' 17 penalties, seven have come against offensive linemen. With the false start the team's most frequent penalty, it further highlights the challenge of playing in the noisy Georgia Dome. ... Walt Coleman is assigned to referee the game.