McAfee not fined for hit on Holliday

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On Sunday night in Indy, one of the biggest hits of the game came from Colts punter/kickoff specialist Pat McAfee.

Specifically, McAfee applied his helmet to the helmet of Broncos return specialist Trindon Holliday while pushing Holliday out of bounds at the end of a 56-yard return.

But McAfee didn’t hit Holliday with the top of his helmet, and Holliday was not defenseless at the time the helmets collided.

As a result, McAfee wasn’t flagged.  According to the league office, McAfee also hasn’t been fined.

It’s the right result, despite the suggestion from many that McAfee would fall victim to the league’s ongoing efforts to promote safety.  Plenty of helmet-to-helmet hits are legal.

McAfee’s hit on Holliday definitely was.

38 responses to “McAfee not fined for hit on Holliday

  1. Posted by Mike Florio on October 25, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    “It’s the right result, despite the suggestion from many that McAfee would fall victim to the league’s ongoing efforts to promote safety.”

    This is the way journalism should be. Not only do you “report” on stories, but a judgement call is given and PFT has deemed that the NFL made the right call. It’s one-stop shopping; news and opinions are dispensed in the same article. Sweet deal.

  2. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    Steelers own you.
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    Then tell them to get their butt over here and pay these bill and while they are at it bring something to eat.

  3. who cares about your trophies. its a what have you done for me lately league and lately the steelers have been playing like garbage. tell us what the Steelers are doin this year……

  4. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 25, 2013 6:11 PM
    Wow I see a lot of Steelers haters here. I also see a lot of empty trophy cases. Coincidence? I doubt it.

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    Last I checked it’s 2013 and the Stealers are 2-4.

    You might get a participation ribbon for this year.

  5. Not only did he jack up Holliday like he was a rag doll, McAfee also pinned the Broncos deep in their own territory several times. He’s one of the better punters in the league, and should get some Pro Bowl consideration.

  6. Yes, we are 2-4.

    BUT — we are on a 2-0 run, which will extend to a 10-2 run and we will run through the competition in the playoffs.

    Historically, the Steelers have always started slow and obviously finished strong (6 rings to prove it). This year will be no different.

    Life is good.

  7. steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 25, 2013 6:39 PM
    ….Historically, the Steelers have always started slow and obviously finished strong (6 rings to prove it). This year will be no different…..

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    You are obviously not old enough to remember the teams from the 70s. Certainly not old enough to remember how they were for decades prior to then.

  8. It was hilarious how excited Collingsworth was about the hit, of course not once did he mention IT WAS AT THE END OF A 56 YARD RETURN! It’s not like he rushed down in a lane and made the play at the 15.

  9. wmelch says:
    Oct 25, 2013 5:49 PM
    Posted by Mike Florio on October 25, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    “It’s the right result, despite the suggestion from many that McAfee would fall victim to the league’s ongoing efforts to promote safety.”

    This is the way journalism should be. Not only do you “report” on stories, but a judgement call is given and PFT has deemed that the NFL made the right call. It’s one-stop shopping; news and opinions are dispensed in the same article. Sweet deal.

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    The best comment ever.

  10. UH HELLO?!

    Is no one gonna mention the RANDOM PED test this guy got after the hit? That’s almost just as bad…

  11. So let me get this straight. You wrote an article about a player that made a clean, legal hit and wasn’t fined. Because you know, it was clean and legal.

  12. I’d like to think some H2H hits are ok, but I have a distinct feeling if this exact same hit happened to any of the leagues golden boy QBs, not only would there have been a flag, but a huge fine as well.

  13. Wait, so if this was a safety hitting a receiver it wouldve been flagged and a fine wouldve come from it. Explain that.. helmet to helmet, shouldve been 15 yards.

  14. cmgww says:
    Oct 25, 2013 6:37 PM
    Not only did he jack up Holliday like he was a rag doll,
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    Holliday got right up after the hit, like nothing happened. Come harder next time he says.

  15. The punter of a secondary team gets more comments than the quarterback of the same team on this website. No one cares about the Colts. No need to have stories about them anymore.

  16. How do u feel being a Pats Fan and having a RULE that is so far off the meter coast you the game!! You cant touch the backside of your own player during a attempt to block any type of kick, So your gonna rush like a Maniac and hopefully not touch your man in his back, Now that’s something to see! IT STUPID!!!! so no more rushing to block kicks?? Walking with hands down on your side?? IT SUCKS

  17. That will be called every play if they don’t change it, it’s impossible not to do that, please no ones getting hurt, it’s bad enough we treat QB’s like GIRLS

  18. the colts got called on nothing during that game so I’m not surprised. so many missed calls it was pathetic. home field advantage at its best. the colts did play well, they got the win but they had help too.

  19. @propertyofthebroncos

    Wanna take bets that somebody Indy-related is on the NFL Rules Committee? I seem to remember a Dolphins team that never got called on fouls who had somebody on the committee….could that have been Shula? In any event it was clear that Denver fouls were being called correctly but Indy one weren’t.

    I’d also mention that this didn’t cause the loss for the Broncos. Consistently running on first down caused the loss. I realize that they were trying to establish the running game to set up Manning’s passing. What they SHOULD have been doing was using Manning’s passes to set up the running game. Late in the 3rd quarter they finally started turning Manning lose and he almost brought them back.

  20. I laugh at any and all fans from LARGE markets that claim Indy gets favortisim from officials. Are you kidding me? Don’t be so pathetic and take your losses like a man.

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