Donte Whitner went all “Hitner” on Steven Jackson, but was flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness even though he used his shoulder on the play and Jackson lowered his head. Jackson would score on a two-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Falcons a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.
What do you think, penalty or no?
Here’s what former NFL VP of officiating Mike Pereira had to say:
Just looked at the Whitner hit in super slow motion. Looks like it was just below the chin. Very close and they will lean to calling it.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 24, 2013