For the New York Giants, the season has come and gone. To say it was disappointing would be a bit of an understatement, as far more went wrong than right. From injuries to the offensive line, drops to turnovers and missed assignments to missed tackles, the Giants had very little go their way in 2013. And while every single one of those things will be analyzed in the coming weeks and months, something that will ultimately be forgotten about is penalties.
Although the data may be useless now that the season is over, we at Giants 101 thought it would be interesting to take a look back and examine exactly how the Giants fared when the yellow flags were thrown. And while using data compiled over at NFL Penalty Stats Tracker, we came up the following numbers that may, or may not, be of interest to you:
Eli Manning Was Heavily Penalized:
Only five players in the NFL were flagged more than Eli Manning in 2013, who ended the season tied for third in the league with 10 penalties. For quarterbacks, Manning came second only to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who drew 12 penalties in 2013.
Five of Manning's 10 penalties came pre-snap — Delay of Game (4) and False Start (1). Eli's five other penalties were all for Intentional Grounding.
Would You Believe:
Seven quarterbacks drew more Delay of Game Penalties than did Eli Manning.
Will Beatty Likes Yellow, Too:
Beatty was second on the Giants with nine total penalties (six accepted), including Offensive Holding (6), False Start (2) and Illegal Use of Hands (1).
Would You Believe, Part II:
Cornerback Prince Amukamara drew seven penalties (six accepted), costing the Giants 70 total yards and an average of 4.375 yards per game. Only Eli Manning cost the Giants more total yards (89) or had a higher penalty yards per game average (5.563).
Amukamara was called for Defensive Holding (3), Defensive Pass Interference (2), Neutral Zone Infraction (1) and Defensive Offsides (1).
Brandon Myers Least Penalized Player:
Not much went right for Myers in 2013, but his struggles had nothing to do with being penalized. Myers was flagged only one time this season — for offensive holding — and was the only full-time starter on the team (who also played all 16 games) to be flagged fewer than three times.
Jon Beason Doesn't Hurt Himself, Either:
Beason drew only one penalty during his time with the Giants — a defensive pass interference against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. While with the Panthers, he was also flagged only one time for a Face Mask.
Offensive Holding Leads the Way:
Of their 91 total penalties in 2013, Offensive Holding was the most-called (12).
Would You Believe, Part III:
While the Giants were flagged 91 times in 2013, their opponents were flagged 105 times. Remarkably, opponents were called for Offensive Holding 24 times and False Start 20 times.
Not Much Company:
The Giants were one of only four teams in the league to be flagged for Illegal Touch Pass. They were also one of only seven teams penalized for Fair Catch Interference.
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