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Flag Day: Patriots struggle with penalties in win over Bucs

(Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

TAMPA BAY — On a night where the color rush uniforms presented us with two strong shades, it turned out that the most dominant hue was yellow. As in penalty flags.

The two teams combined for 21 penalties — 12 for the Patriots and nine for the Bucs. New England was hit with a walloping 108 penalty yards, while Tampa had to deal with 70 penalty yards. It made for an ugly evening.