If you've been having that sick feeling that there is going to be a holding penalty every time the Patriots have a big offensive gain. You aren't alone. Here's a look at all of the offensive holding calls that have gone against the Patriots this season. All of the screen shots come from NFL Penalties.
GAME 1 VERSUS MIAMI- Three total calls, one on special teams. The first penalty took us from being 1st and goal on the 1 to 2nd and 20 on the 24. Since we ended up with a field goal on that possession, the penalty likely cost us 4 points. The second penalty was on a kick return. Instead of starting at our 18 yard line, we started at our 9. The third penalty was a net change of 43 yards. The Patriots should have been 1st and 10 on Miami's 32, instead it was 1st and 20 on our 25. The team did overcome that penalty and made it into field goal range. Folk made the kick. New England ended up losing the game by a score of 16- 17.
GAME 2 AT JETS- The one offensive holding penalty against the Patriots during week 2 was inconsequential. Instead of being 2nd and 1, they were at 1st and 20. They got the first down two plays late and won the game 25-6.
GAME 3 VERSUS SAINTS- The first offensive holding penalty of the day came on a punt return. Instead of starting their possession at their own 38 yard line, the Patriots started at their 20. For the second week in a row JJ Taylor had a decent sized run wiped out by an offensive holding penalty. Both Jonnu Smith and David Andrews were flagged. Fortunately, only one penalty could be accepted. Of course instead of a 17 yard gain and bein at midfield, the Patriots were back at their own ten.
GAME 4 VERSUS BUCS- Two offensive holding calls against Mike Onwenu, both on the same drive. Luckily neither penalty negated a big play and the team put 7 points on the board.
GAME 5 AT TEXANS- Instead of 2nd and 2 on their 45, the Patriots were facing 1st and from their 31. They overcame this penalty, but didn't overcome the illegal shift penalty which took a touchdown off the board. Since they won the game by 3 points, the 4 points they left off the board didn't end up costing them the game after all.
GAME 6 VERSUS COWBOYS- There was only one, but it was a big one. Actually, big doesn't even begin to describe it. Instead of going up two scores with Jacoby Meyers' first NFL touchdown (20-7 PAT pending), Dallas recovered a fumble on the ensuing play giving them great field position. Although they only scored 3 on that possession, the game went to overtime and the Patriots lost.
GAME 7 VERSUS JETS- This game was a blowout with the final score being 54-13. The first offensive holding happened on the second play from scrimmage. Since the Patriots found the endzone 3 plays later, it wasn't consequential. The second offensive holding call was a bit different than the norm. This whistle was blown against safety Adrian Phillips. No, it wasn't on special teams. Kyle Duggar picked off a pass and was running it back when Phillips got called for holding. The third offensive holding penalty of the day was declined since the pass was incomplete making it 4th and 4.
GAME 8 AT CHARGERS- For the second time in 3 weeks, the Patriots had a touchdown called back due to a holding penalty. Just like the previous time, the ball was turned over almost immediately. The second offensive holding penalty of the day took the Patriots from 1st and 10 at the Chargers' 11 to 1st and 20 at the 44. Both mistakes occurred with the Patriots trailing by 1. Luckily, the Patriots overcame these blunders and won 27-24.
GAME 9 AT PANTHERS- Another game, another offensive holding penalty. This time it negated a 5 yard gain. With a final score of 24-6, this one didn't affect the outcome.
GAME 10 VERSUS BROWNS- First possession of the game, another offensive holding penalty. This one negated a 6 yard gain. The possession ended with a game tying touchdown, so not a big problem. The second offensive holding call of the game occured on a punt which went out of bounds at the 2. So instead of starting on their own 2 yard line, they started at their 1. Of course it did result in a 99 yard touchdown drive, so that was cool. The Patriots smoked the Browns 45-7.
GAME 11 AT FALCONS- Instead of starting their second drive of the game on Atlanta's 46, the Patriots were forced to start at their own 34. The second offensive holding of the game took the Patriots from midfield back inside their own 25. The final offensive holding call of the game negated a 28 yard run by Rhamondre Stevenson. Instead of being inside the red zone, the Patriots were facing a 1st and 20 from their own 44.
GAME 12 VERSUS TITANS- Although it was another penalty for team penalty leader Isaiah Wynn, it pretty much ended up being a pretty decent trade off. Instead of 2nd and 12, the Patriots were looking at 1st and 20. In one play the Patriots covered 38 yards of field.
GAME 13 AT BILLS- Grasping an 11-7 lead over the Bills in the 3rd quarter was not a good time to go from 1st and 10 at midfield to 2nd and 17 from their own 24.
GAME 14 AT COLTS- Down 20 at the end of the 3rd and instead of having 1st and goal from the 1, the Patriots were 1st and 18 from the 20. The Patriots did end up scoring a touchdown 3 plays later so this didn't really affect the outcome.
GAME 15 VERSUS BILLS- What game would be complete without at least one offensive holding penalty against the Patriots? Such a pretty play. Instead of having the ball in the red zone, back to midfield for New England. Harris did end up scoring one of his touchdowns on this drive.
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