2011 NFL Penalty Watch

 


UPDATE: The Playoffs are examined at the bottom of this page.

I may be wrong, but I believe the NFL has a lengthy rule book stipulating what is "legal" and what is considered "illegal" on the field which results in a penalty. It is the job of the officiating crew to make sure each NFL game abides by these rules. An official's job is not easy. The game moves very fast and there is a lot to watch for during each play. However, these are highly trained and fairly well-paid professionals whom the NFL employs to oversee its games.

Even so, often times this job is not done correctly by the rule book's code. As a fan, you frequently witness this "incompetence." What are penalties by the book are not flagged and ruled as such on the field. The NFL and its pundits make excuses for this, but the fact remains: the NFL has a rule book which clearly states what each infraction is. An officiating crew should never, as the commonly heard phrase goes, "just let them play."

If these rules are not enforced equally and consistantly, then the rule book is unnecessary and/or obsolete which means penalty calling is completely arbitrary. There is no way to talk around that truth.

The question then becomes, why is this the case?

What is "holding" on one play should be "holding" on all plays; yet, this is does not hold true when it comes to the enforcement of the league's own rules. Yes, sometimes an official or an entire crew can either make a mistake or actually not witness an infraction when it occurs. But when one can see officials looking directly at what is clearly a penalty and not calling it as such, this excuse becomes nothing short of a cover-up. There is a method to this madness.

It is but one way in which the NFL can manipulate its own games while you watch them.

Not just by calling penalties, but by not calling penalties - intentionally. These "non-calls" often go unnoticed by fans and commentators alike; yet, they are just as damaging to the game as flagged penalties can be. Few will recall non-called penalties even though these certainly affect the outcome of a game. For example, an uncalled "holding" penalty can allow a team to score instead of setting them back to first-and-twenty as should be the case.

The following video, taken from the Week 16 Monday Night Football match-up between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, makes my point exactly:

What follows below is an examination of 25% of the teams in the NFL. The teams were chosen for a few reasons. One, when I first began this study in Week 6, the Green Bay Packers were undefeated and picked because a fan of this site suggested as much. The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings were added because they play in the same division as the Packers and therefore faced similar opponents for the season (as well as playing each other twice). The Denver Broncos were chosen for the Tim Tebow factor. The New England Patriots because of Tom Brady, thinking his effect on calls may be similar to that of Aaron Rodgers. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers came aboard because they are fan favorites. The Oakland Raiders were then chosen because they are often the most penalized (for reasons unexplained). Lastly, teams locked into the playoffs - San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Houston Texans - were added late just to see how their penalties also stacked up against the others in this study.

A couple of notes. One, it is very difficult to track penalties called in the NFL. Though the NFL posts statistics for just about everything that occurs within their games, they don't break down penalty stats. In fact, they only post the number of penalties and the yardage penalized in each game's box score, but they do not tell you which penalties were called against a team nor do they keep a running total. So all tracking has to be done by going through each games play-by-play breakdown (it ain't fun). As a note, penalties that were called but declined and offsetting penalties are NOT included as they do not count in official penalty totals.

Secondly, I only looked for two key penalties: offensive holding and defensive pass interference. These  are penalties - especially holding - that some say could be called on every play. I tend to agree with that as former NFL players Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth - both working for ESPN - watched a Cardinals-49ers game last year for ESPN's Sunday Morning NFL Countdown and determined holding could have in fact been called on every down. Most other penalties are either procedural (false start, delay of game, offsides, etc.) which must be called or personal fouls which can be subjective; however, without seeing each call it's hard to determine the legitimacy of such penalties. 

This study may amount to nothing. It may be quite revealing (like a similar study I conducted regarding free throws in the 2010-11 NBA Playoffs). Apologists will make excuses, saying winning teams are more disciplined and therefore make fewer penalties, or a running-based team will get more holding calls. I'm not buying that. I'll simply let the numbers speak for themselves.

Color Key: Blue opponent was a win for team in question, Green opponent was a loss.

NFC

vs. New Orleans Saints: 1 defensive pass interference (6 total penalties for 48 yards, New Orleans: 3 for 15 yards)

vs. Carolina Panthers: 3 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 57 yards, Carolina: 6 for 50 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: none (7 total penalties for 35 yards, Chicago: 10 for 70 yards)

vs. Denver Broncos: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (3 total penalties for 27 yards, Denver: 3 for 24 yards)

vs. Atlanta Falcons: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 55 yards, Atlanta: 5 for 44 yards)

vs. St. Louis Rams: 1 offensive holding [on kick return] (3 total penalties for 16 yards, St.Louis: 7 for 45 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: none (6 total penalties for 44 yards, Minnesota: 9 for 91 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 2 defensive pass interference (5 total penalties for 53 yards, San Diego: 8 for 64 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: none (1 total penalty for 5 yards, Minnesota: 10 for 80 yards)

vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 37 yards, Tampa Bay: 9 for 55 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 1 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 54 yards, Detroit: 11 for 82 yards)

vs. New York Giants: none (4 total penalties for 30 yards, New York: 6 for 55 yards)

vs. Oakland Raidersnone (5 total penalties for 35 yards, Oakland: 11 for 89 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 offensive holding [on kick return] (5 total penalties for 35 yards, Kansas City: 7 for 55 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: none (none, Chicago: 6 for 28 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 1 defensive pass interference (6 total penalties for 78 yards, Detroit: 11 for 101 yards)

Season Total: Record 15-1, 9 offensive holding, 5 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Packers 76 for 609 yards (8.0 yard avg) - Opponents 122 for 948 (7.8 yard avg)

vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: none (8 total penalties for 68 yards, Tampa Bay: 6 for 39 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 35 yards, Kansas City: 8 for 70 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: 1 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 65 yards, Minnesota: 10 for 79 yards)

vs. Dallas Cowboys: 2 offensive holding (10 total penalties for 75 yards, Dallas: 7 for 33 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: none (12 total penalties for 194 yards, Chicago: 14 for 104)

vs. San Francisco 49ers: none (6 total penalties for 54, San Francisco: 15 for 120 yards)

vs. Atlanta Falcons: 2 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (10 total penalties for 84 yards, Atlanta: 11 for 80 yards)

vs. Denver Broncos: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (4 total penalties for 45 yards, Denver: 5 for 55 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 53 yards, Chicago: 4 for 37 yards)

vs. Carolina Panthers: none (8 total penalties for 56 yards, Carolina: 7 for 70 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 2 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 82 yards, Green Bay: 7 for 54 yards)

vs. New Orleans Saints: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return], 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 107 yards, New Orleans: 3 for 30 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: 4 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (10 total penalties for 76 yards, Minnesota: 5 for 37 yards)

vs. Oakland Raiders: 1 offensive holding (9 total penalties for 72 yards, Oakland: 10 for 86 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 1 offensive holding [on kick return] (3 total penalties for 8 yards, San Diego: 1 for 10 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 101 yards, Green Bay: 6 for 78 yards)

Seaon Total: Record 10-6, 18 offensive holding, 7 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Lions 128 for 1175 (9.2 yard avg) - Opponents 119 for 982 (8.3 yard avg)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 1 defensive pass interference (9 total penalties for 78 yards, San Diego: 4 for 26 yards)

vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2 offensive holding (8 total penalties for 65 yards, Tampa Bay: 6 for 53 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 3 offensive holding (10 total penalties for 79 yards, Detroit: 7 for 65 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 45 yards, Kansas City: 6 for 57 yards)

vs. Arizona Cardinals: 2 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 35 yards, Arizona: 6 for 64 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: 2 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 40 yards, Chicago: 3 for 15 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 2 defensive pass interference, 1 offensive holding (9 total penalties for 91 yards, Green Bay: 6 for 44 yards)

vs. Carolina Panthers: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 43 yards, Carolina: 6 for 60 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 2 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (10 total penalties for 80 yards, Green Bay: 1 for 5)

vs. Oakland Raiders: 1 offensive holding (9 total penalties for 50 yards, Oakland: 12 for 177 yards)

vs. Atlanta Falcons: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (6 total penalties for 49 yards, Atlanta: 4 for 30 yards)

vs. Denver Broncos: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (6 total penalties for 54 yards, Denver: 8 for 73 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: none (5 total penalties for 37 yards, Detroit: 10 for 76 yards)

vs. New Orleans Saints: 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 84 yards, New Orleans: 6 for 65 yards)

vs. Washington Redskins: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (4 total penalties for 40 yards, Washington: 8 for 64 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: 1 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 38 yards, Chicago: 4 for 20 yards)

Season Total: Record 3-13, 21 offensive holding, 5 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Vikings 109 for 908 (8.3 yard avg) - Opponents 97 for 894 (9.2 yard avg)

vs. New York Jets: none (7 total penalties for 40 yards, New York: none)

vs. San Francisco 49ers: 2 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 83 yards, San Fran: 5 for 25 yards)

vs. Washington Redskins: 3 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 55 yards, Washington: 4 for 35 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 2 offensive holding [both on kick returns] (7 total penalties for 33 yards, Detroit: 10 for 75 yards)

vs. New England Patriots: 3 offensive holding (10 total penalties for 77 yards, New England: 5 for 35 yards)

vs. St. Louis Rams: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 30 yards, St. Louis: 4 for 16 yards)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 1 offensive holding (3 total penalties for 20 yards, Philly: 6 for 33 yards)

vs. Seattle Seahawks: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 82 yards, Seattle: 10 for 88 yards)

vs. Buffalo Bills: 2 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 74 yards, Buffalo: 3 for 12 yards)

vs. Washington Redskins: 2 offensive holding [both on kick returns] (9 total penalties for 48 yards, Washington: 6 for 59 yards)

vs. Miami Dolphins: 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 69 yards, Miami: 6 for 55 yards)

vs. Arizona Cardinals: 1 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 49 yards, Arizona: 6 for 41 yards)

vs. New York Giants: 1 defensive pass interference (10 total penalties for 51 yards, New York: 6 for 55 yards)

vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1 offensive holding (2 total penalties for 15 yards, Tampa Bay: 6 for 46 yards)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 47 yards, Philly: 5 for 47 yards)

vs. New York Giants: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 43 yards, NY: 3 for 28 yards)

Season Total: Record 8-8, 18 offensive holding, 8 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Dallas 114 for 816 (7.2 yard avg) - Opponents 86 for 650 (7.6 yard avg)

Total penalties/yardage: New Orleans 99 for 851 (8.6 yard avg) - Opponents 109 for 912 (8.4 yard avg)

Because Drew Brees broke the single season passing yardage record, I had to go back and check: The Saints offensive line were flagged for holding 15 times this season, yet went 6 entire games without such a call against them. Think that helped a bit?

Total penalties/yardage: San Francisco 106 for 965 (9.1 yard avg) - Opponents 89 for 795 (8.9 yard avg)

AFC

vs. Miami Dolphins: 2 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 50 yards, Dolphins: 8 for 60 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 2 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 80 yards, San Diego: 6 for 44 yards)

vs. Buffalo Bills: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 93 yards, Buffalo: 9 for 77 yards)

vs. Oakland Raiders: 2 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 45 yards, Oakland: 9 for 85 yards)

vs. New York Jets: 3 offensive holding [2 on kick returns] (6 total penalties for 50 yards, New York: 8 for 89 yards)

vs. Dallas Cowboys: 1 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 35 yards, Dallas: 10 for 77 yards)

vs. Pittsburgh Steelersnone (6 total penalties for 37 yards, Pittsburgh: 8 for 50 yards)

vs. New York Giants: 2 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 81 yards, New York: 6 for 50 yards)

vs. New York Jets: 1 offensive holding (9 total penalties for 80 yards, New York: 5 for 56 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: none (3 total penalties for 20 yards, Kansas City: 5 for 34 yards)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 1 offensive holding (3 total penalties for 20 yards, Philadelphia: 10 for 60 yards)

vs. Indianapolis Colts: 1 offensive holding (3 total penalties for 20 yards, Indianapolis: 5 for 29 yards)

vs. Washington Redskins: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (4 total penalties for 47 yards, Washington: 8 for 73 yards)

vs. Denver Broncos: 2 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 30 yards, Denver: 7 for 39 yards)

vs. Miami Dolphins: 2 defensive pass interference (5 total penalties for 50 yards, Miami: 6 for 39 yards)

vs. Buffalo Bills: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (4 total penalties for 77 yards, Buffalo: 5 for 45 yards)

Season Total: Record 13-3, 18 offensive holding, 8 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Patriots 87 for 815 (9.4 yard avg) - Opponents 115 for 907 (7.9 yard avg)

vs. Oakland Raiders: 4 offensive holding (10 total penalties for 91 yards, Oakland: 15 for 131 yards)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 55 yards, Cincy: 7 for 69 yards)

vs. Tennessee Titans: none (1 penalty for 15 yards, Tenn: 11 for 80 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 1 defensive pass interference (3 total penalties for 24 yards, Green Bay: 3 for 27 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 53 yards, San Diego: none)

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vs. Miami Dolphins: 1 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 30 yards, Miami: 2 for 20 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 1 defensive pass interference (5 total penalties for 55 yards, Detroit: 4 for 45 yards)

vs. Oakland Raiders: 4 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 93 yards, Oakland: 15 for 130 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 65 yards, Kansas City: 4 for 40 yards)

vs. New York Jets: none (6 total penalties for 51 yards, Jets: 2 for 15 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 3 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (9 total penalties for 63 yards, San Diego: 4 for 30 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: 1 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 73 yards, Minny: 6 for 54 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 28 yards, Chicago: 8 for 69 yards)

vs. New England Patriots: 1 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 39 yards, New England: 4 for 30 yards)

vs. Buffalo Bills: 1 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 58 yards, Buffalo: 8 for 69 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 49 yards, Kansas City: 6 for 36 yards)

Season Total: Record 8-8, 20 offensive holding, 8 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Broncos 102 for 842 (8.3 yard avg) - Opponents 99 for 845 (8.5 yard avg)

vs. Baltimore Ravens: 1 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 53 yards, Baltimore: 7 for 75 yards)

vs. Seattle Seahawks: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (4 total penalties for 48 yards, Seattle: 6 for 66 yards)

vs. Indianapolis Colts: 2 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 38 yards, Indianapolis: 3 for 21 yards)

vs. Houston Texans: none (5 total penalties for 45 yards, Houston: 9 for 64 yards)

vs. Tennessee Titans: 1 offensive holding [on kick return] 1 defensive pass interference (5 total penalties for 51 yards, Tenn: 9 for 70 yards)

vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (8 total penalties for 65 yards, Jax: 4 for 22 yards)

vs. Arizona Cardinals: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (9 total penalties for 69 yards, Arizona: 9 for 74 yards)

vs. New England Patriots: 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 50 yards, New England: 6 for 37 yards)

vs. Baltimore Ravens: 1 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (6 total penalties for 69 yards, Balt: 3 for 20 yards)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 2 offensive holding [both on kick returns] (4 total penalties for 31 yards, Cincy: 4 for 35 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 4 offensive holding [2 on kick returns] (6 total penalties for 50 yards, Kansas City: 4 for 20 yards)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 1 offensive holding (4 total penalties for 29 yards, Cincy: 10 for 109 yards)

vs. Cleveland Browns: 3 offensive holding (12 total penalties for 97 yards, Cleveland: 6 for 54 yards)

vs. San Francisco 49ers: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (9 total penalties for 72 yards, San Fran: 7 for 49 yards)

vs. St. Louis Rams: 1 offensive holding [on kick return] (7 total penalties for 50 yards, St. Louis: 4 for 21)

vs. Cleveland Browns: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return] (4 total penalties for 37 yards, Cleveland: 5 for 40 yards)

Season Total: Record 12-4, 25 offensive holding, 5 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Steelers 101 for 854 yards (8.5 yard avg) - Opponents 96 for 777 yards (8.1 yard avg)

vs. Denver Broncos: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return], 1 defensive pass interference (15 total penalties for 131 yards, Denver: 10 for 91 yards)

vs. Buffalo Bills: 1 offensive holding, 2 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 85 yards, Buffalo: 3 for 26 yards)

vs. New York Jets: 1 defensive pass interference (7 total penalties for 55 yards, New York: 7 for 61 yards)

vs. New England Patriots: none (9 total penalties for 85 yards, New England: 5 for 45 yards)

vs. Houston Texans: 4 offensive holding [1 on kick return], 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 89 yards, Houston: 6 for 50 yards)

vs. Cleveland Browns: 1 offensive holding (5 total penalties for 35 yards, Cleveland: 5 for 34 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 2 offensive holding (14 total penalties for 120 yards, Kansas City: 10 for 98 yards)

vs. Denver Broncos: 3 offensive holding (15 total penalties for 130 yards, Denver: 11 for 93 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 3 offensive holding (7 total penalties for 45 yards, San Diego: 6 for 31 yards)

vs. Minnesota Vikings: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return], 1 defensive pass interference (12 total penalties for 117 yards, Minny: 9 for 50 yards)

vs. Chicago Bears: 3 offensive holding (6 total penalties for 44 yards, Chicago: 7 for 61 yards)

vs. Miami Dolphins: 3 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (10 total penalties for 91 yards, Miami: 8 for 79 yards)

vs. Green Bay Packers: 1 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (11 total penalties for 89 yards, Green Bay: 5 for 35 yards)

vs. Detroit Lions: 2 defensive pass interference (10 total penalties for 86 yards, Detroit: 9 for 72 yards)

vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 2 offensive holding, 1 defensive pass interference (15 total penalties for 92 yards, Kansas City: 11 for 88 yards)

vs. San Diego Chargers: 2 offensive holding [1 on kick return], 1 defensive pass interference (8 total penalties for 64 yards, San Diego: 8 for 68 yards)

Season Total: Record 8-8, 28 offensive holding, 11 defensive pass interference

Total penalties/yardage: Oakland 163 for 1358 yards (8.3 yard avg)* - Opponents 120 for 982 yards (8.2 yard avg)

*According to the Washington Post, the Raiders set an NFL record this season for both most penalties and most penalty yardage for a single season.

Total penalties/yardage: Houston 99 for 852 (8.6 yard avg) - Opponents 88 for 686 (7.8 yard avg)

PLAYOFFS

AFC - Wildcard

Bengals 10 vs. Texans 31

 Houston: 5 for 87 yards, including 1 defensive pass interference (for 52 yards) & 1 unnecessary roughness

Cincinnati: 3 for 25 yards, including 1 unnecessary roughness

No offensive holding called in this game.

Steelers 23 vs. Tebows 29 (OT)

Denver: 5 for 30 yards, including 1 offensive pass interference

Pittsburgh: 6 for 61 yards, including 1 defensive holding, 1 roughing the passer & 1 defensive pass interference (for 32 yards)

No offensive holding called in this game.

NFC - Wildcard

Lions 28 vs. Saints 45

New Orleans: 3 for 18 yards, including...wow, delay of game?

Detroit: 7 for 64 yards, including 1 unnecessary roughness, 1 offensive holding & 1 defensive pass interference (for 23 yards)

This video should give you a better sense of what the refs are allowing the Saints to get away with:

Falcons 2 vs. Giants 24

New York: 7 for 73 yards, including 3 offensive holding & 1 unnecessary roughness

Atlanta: 3 for 15 yards...including...well, cut 'em a break, they couldn't covert 4 & less than 1 - twice.

AFC - Divisional

Broncos 10 vs. Patriots 45

Denver: 5 for 55 yards including 1 face mask, 1 horse collar, and 1 unnecessary roughness

New England: 2 for 20 yards including 1 unnecessary roughness

No offensive holding called in this game.

Texans 13 vs. Ravens 20

Houston: 3 for 20 yards including 1 illegal block above the waist

Ravens: NONE

No offensive holding called in this game.

NFC - Divisional

Saints 32 vs. 49ers 36

New Orleans: NONE

San Francisco: 3 for 33 yards, including 1 defensive pass interference for 23 yards

No offensive holding called in this game.

Giants 37 vs. Packers 20

New York: 3 for 30 yards including 1 offensive holding & 1 roughing the passer

Green Bay: 3 for 20 yards including 1 offensive holding & 1 defensive holding

AFC Championship Game

Ravens 20 vs. Patriots 23

Baltimore: 6 for 33 yards including a face mask & a defensive illegal contact which negated an interception

New England: 1 for 5

No offensive holding called in this game.

NFC Championship Game

Giants 20 vs. 49ers 17

New York: 9 for 60 yards including 1 unnecessary roughness & 1 offensive holding

San Francisco: 6 for 50 yards including 1 unnecessary roughness

SUPER BOWL XLVI

Giants 21 vs. Patriots 17

New York: 4 for 24 yards including 1 offensive holding

New England: 5 for 28 yards including 1 offensive holding