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Flag on the Bucs … for not taking advantage of the gift of 23 penalties

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Flag on the Bucs … for not taking advantage

No team in modern NFL history has ever seen so many yellow flags thrown in its favor — and the Bucs still managed to blow Sunday's game against the Raiders. Oakland was penalized 17 more times than Tampa Bay, easily the largest disparity in the Super Bowl era. You have to go back to the days of World War II, when the Bears were called for 22 penalties and the Eagles one on Nov. 26, 1944, to find the only game with a more lopsided total. The largest penalty disparities since the first Super Bowl season of 1966, according to profootballreference.com, and the game's result for the offending team:

Offending

Date Team Opp Penalties Disparity Result

10/30/2016OakTB23-617W 30-24 (OT)

10/30/1977PittBalt17-314L 31-21

11/26/1989HouKC16-214L 34-0

10/9/2005BaltDet21-714L 35-17

12/19/1982MinnDet16-313W 34-31

10/9/1983SeatSD15-213L 28-21

10/12/2003OakCle19-613L 13-7

9/27/2010GBChi18-513L 20-17

9/22/2013NYJBuff20-713W 27-20

Compiled by Times columnist John Romano

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