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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Ravens’ Matthew Judon shades Patrick Mahomes over unnecessary roughness fine

Patrick Mahomes

Matthew Judon did not at all agree with a fine that he drew for a takedown of Patrick Mahomes during last Sunday’s game.

The Ravens linebacker was fined $21,056 because of an attempted tackle of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in the first quarter of the eventual 33-28 Baltimore loss, a play that drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness. Here is video of the sequence, which appeared to show a clear horse collar.

The penalty made a big difference in the close game as the Chiefs, instead of having to settle for a field goal on 4th-and-goal from the Ravens’ 4-yard line, got an automatic first down at the 2 and eventually scored a touchdown.

When news of the fine broke on Saturday, Judon responded by tweeting a GIF from the TV show “Family Guy” of lead character Peter Griffin clutching his knee in pain. It seemed to be a shot at Mahomes, either for exaggerating the contact or for getting preferential treatment from the referees.

While Judon may have also thought that the tackle was not a horse collar by the definition of the rules, former referee and rules analyst Gene Steratore indicated at the time on Sunday that it was indeed a horse collar.

The reigning MVP Mahomes has become the NFL’s golden boy in a sense and may soon be getting paid like it too. As such, resentment from other players, whether justified or not, simply comes with the territory.

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