Vince Wilfork laments end of penalty streak

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork did not want to hear his uniform jersey number uttered by an official during a game this season. To do so would be a bad thing, meaning the referee was singling him out for an infraction.

And for the first 13 games, the Patriots’ massive defensive lineman maintained a clean slate.

But against the Packers last Sunday night, in which Wilfork turned in an exceptional all-around effort, Wilfork heard his number called out not once, but twice by referee Ed Hochuli.

The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Wilfork was flagged for an offside penalty and a facemask penalty, which he revisited Wednesday.

“The offside penalty, that was a dumb penalty,” he said. “The other one, I just reached out, [the running back] lowered his head. It was not intentional. Penalties are penalties. I wanted to go through the whole season with any and I got two. I was pretty upset.”

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