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Aqib Talib deliberately grabbed Corey Brown’s facemask

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Several years ago, the NFL got rid of the distinction between major and minor facemask fouls, with all penalties for grabbing and pulling the bars on the front of the helmet becoming 15-yard personal fouls.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s accidental or intentional; the penalty is the same. When it comes to determining discipline, however, evidence that the foul was flagrant and intentional should influence the league office.

Regarding Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib’s decision to grab and pull and twist the facemask of Panthers receiver Corey Brown in the first half of Super Bowl 50, it’s clear that the conduct was flagrant and intentional — because Talib has admitted it.

“It was B.S. flags,” Talib said regarding a pair of personal fouls called on him in the first half, via NESN.com.  “One was on our sidelines [for taunting] — the guy [Brown] was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’re world champs.”

Talib added that he was aware, given Carolina’s field position at the time, that the penalty wouldn’t result in a major loss of field position.

“My teammates knew what it was,” Talib said. “He was on the three-yard line. [With] a personal foul, he was on the one-and-a-half-yard line, so it is what it is.”

What it usually is will be a fine of $8,681 for a first offense. But Talib’s candor, coupled with a one-game suspension during the season for poking Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye, could result in an enhanced penalty, and possibly a suspension.

At a time when the NFL is more sensitive than ever to player safety, Talib has admitted to a deliberate and calculated violation of a rule directly aimed at avoiding potentially serious neck injuries. Under the circumstances, and in light of Talib’s history, he may end up with something stiffer than the NFL’s equivalent of a parking ticket.

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136 Responses to “Aqib Talib deliberately grabbed Corey Brown’s facemask”
  1. ggreen657 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:14 PM

    Ok, but they won the Super Bowl…who cares?

  2. gonakgod says: Feb 8, 2016 9:16 PM

    Oh hey thanks. It wasn’t super obvious when I saw it live that it was deliberate.

  3. sunnyd89 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:18 PM

    They Are Champs.

    Talib don’t care, and neither would I.

  4. audge86 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:18 PM

    Broncos are such a dirty team. Didn’t Brown end up leaving the game with a concussion? Gotta wonder if this contributed

  5. realfootballfan says: Feb 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    Hey, he just did stuff like your dirty co-worker, Rodney Harrison, and Bill Romanowski said to do. So why are you calling Talib out? Because you don’t know him or don’t like him? This is the kind of hypocritical stuff from the media that gets on my nerves. Those 2 guys are an example of people from by gone eras who said go at knees and twist fingers in piles a little and whatever to get an advantage, and everyone said amen last week because they wanted the “arrogant” Panthers to lose. Well, one of the players actually went out and did it. So don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth and knock him for it.

  6. patswillreign says: Feb 8, 2016 9:19 PM

    Next year…2 personal fouls = ejection.

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 8, 2016 9:21 PM

    This doesn’t strike me as the brightest bulb in the Chandelier.

  8. PokeSalad says: Feb 8, 2016 9:21 PM

    Ive said before….why do the helmets even have facemasks in 2016? A smooth polycarbonate shield would work better in protection, and not allow any fingers to pull on anything.

    Its ridiculous this hasnt been done yet.

  9. tangotwo22 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:21 PM

    No kidding….whats the penalty, half the distance which in this case is less than a yard….why not grab the mask and punish him. The NFL is such a joke, ever since Goodell took over its one mess after another.

  10. jvw1982 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:22 PM

    A moron and his money will soon part…..what a idiot sometimes its best to keep your mouth shut even though everyone watching could see it was done on purpose, it was dangerous and should be punished severely considering this isn’t the first time he tried to injury a player…..but don’t admit it because now it will cost you more money…..

  11. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:22 PM

    Serial moron…Talib takes “personal foul” to a whole new level. He’s lucky that he didn’t break the guy’s neck.

  12. tangotwo22 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:23 PM

    Why not suspend him for 4 games and fine the broncos a million dollars and a first round draft pick….just trying to protect the integrity of the game….what a joke.

  13. craigkintexas says: Feb 8, 2016 9:23 PM

    He should have been ejected/benched by Wade.

  14. Heath Dill says: Feb 8, 2016 9:23 PM

    It goes to the integrity of the game. 6 game suspension, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round draft pick forfeit, and $20m fine to the team. You have to, at this point. It’s an admitted integritah violation.

  15. cowboy2016 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:24 PM

    And Cam deliberately went soft on recovering his own fumble.

  16. jag1959 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:25 PM

    “But, hey, we’re world champs.”
    “My teammates knew what it was,”

    And there you have it. A message penalty. No matter how much they try to neuter the game it’s still football.

  17. dynasonic says: Feb 8, 2016 9:25 PM

    **Ive said before….why do the helmets even have facemasks in 2016? A smooth polycarbonate shield would work better in protection, and not allow any fingers to pull on anything.**

    So a motorcycle helmet? Wouldn’t that still be easy to grab under?

  18. themiamidolphins says: Feb 8, 2016 9:26 PM

    It was the smart play. I know the Panthers scored a touchdown afterward, but on that very play he prevented one and only gave up a yard and a half.

    This Super Bowl was so boring. Miller’s sack-strip recovered for a TD, Cam not diving for the fumble, and Talib’s facemask are the three things that stand out for me.

    Too bad Talib didn’t do that to Cam.

  19. mckludge says: Feb 8, 2016 9:26 PM

    audge86 sez “Broncos are such a dirty team. Didn’t Brown end up leaving the game with a concussion?”

    —-

    He did, but if you look at that tackle, it wasn’t from a dirty hit. It was just one of those times where he landed on his back and the back of his head hit the ground hard. You could tell when he got up that he was woozy.

  20. yooperman says: Feb 8, 2016 9:29 PM

    I guess a 1 game suspension wasn’t enough to stop him from trying to injure another player. Should be at least 4 games this time. 25% of his 2016 salary plus a major fine might get his attention.

  21. Seprix says: Feb 8, 2016 9:30 PM

    I knew he did that on purpose, and I knew that he knew that the penalty wouldn’t really mean anything, especially when there’s a nice chance the player could get hurt! Dirty Broncos.

  22. mammothfan says: Feb 8, 2016 9:30 PM

    I really hope the Broncos move on from this guy. Roby can fill his shoes, the Broncos could use the the money to sign Malik Jackson

  23. cjpackfan says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 PM

    Talib is all class….3rd class….

  24. dbfan4ever says: Feb 8, 2016 9:31 PM

    Broncos are such a dirty team. Didn’t Brown end up leaving the game with a concussion? Gotta wonder if this contributed
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    I think his heading hitting the ground on that great catch is what gave him his concussion. Nice try though. You can do better than that because it was 2 quarters later when he actually left the game. This is football if you don’t want your facemask grabbed don’t put a helmet on. Whiners!

  25. xa713 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:32 PM

    Why wasn’t Brown flagged for taunting when he was running his mouth on the sideline? I’ve seen the Panthers get away with so much taunting & holding that I’m perfectly okay with what he did. We play the Panthers 2x a season. They aren’t choir boys.

  26. stealthjunk says: Feb 8, 2016 9:34 PM

    I’ve seen countless games where a guy deliberately grabs a facemask to make a tackle. I don’t see how Talib’s was any different or why he should be treated differently from those other players. Announcing that it was deliberate doesn’t make it any better or worse than not announcing it was deliberate (no matter how obvious it was).

  27. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 8, 2016 9:35 PM

    Talib is an idiot and always has been. He just knows how to play CB in the NFL. It doesn’t mean he’s got a brain in his head, which he doesn’t. He’s been a punk his whole career.
    The NFL keeps guys like him from having to wash cars for a living or something.

  28. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    Thank God the Patriots taught him how to be a “professional”.

  29. JCM1217 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    Well, Burfict was suspended three games, so I assume… As a “repeat offender” like Burfict, Talib will be suspended three games as well, right?

  30. 4sacroc says: Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    At least Talib admits he’s a punk and faces the music.

    The preening schmo on the other sideline just ducked under his hoodie and ran out.

    Pete Rozelle would be so proud.

  31. swineflooo says: Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    Worst superbowl in recent memory. Denver a dirty team. That being said von miller was a beast all thru the playoffs

  32. todoubled says: Feb 8, 2016 9:42 PM

    “It was B.S. flags,” Talib said regarding a pair of personal fouls called on him in the first half, via NESN.com. “One was on our sidelines [for taunting] — the guy [Brown] was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’re world champs.”

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    As a broncos fan, I am sure that most of the posters on here really despise Talib and hope he is suspended and fined..but hey he is right. They’re super bowl champs and thats that.

  33. whatjusthapped says: Feb 8, 2016 9:43 PM

    The only thing that would have made that penalty even more interesting is if Talib stopped to “dab” after he did it.

    People would be still talking about it.

  34. contender21open says: Feb 8, 2016 9:46 PM

    Admitting it was on purpose should get him suspended, PERIOD! That’s cheating and I was rooting for the Broncos.

    SHAME ON TALIB!

  35. jpj13 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:48 PM

    “I didn’t mean to snap his neck and end his career by twisting his head in the opposite direction of his body. But hey, we’re Super Bowl champs so who cares!”

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:49 PM

    Talib is a hothead and lets himself getting baited into stupid penalties. Also a little bit fragile and injury prone.

  37. saundersspencer2 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:50 PM

    The tradition of dirty players in Denver continues, shame cause so many class acts in the history (Tom Jackson, Terrell Davis, Elway, Manning). Numbskulls like Talib and Romanowski tarnish that reputation. Broncos made less mistakes and won. Panthers will be back in Houston next year and carry the Lombardi back to Charlotte. I look forward to the destruction of the Broncos in Denver next year as the panthers March to another stellar season and the first championship. Keep Pounding!

  38. mellimac says: Feb 8, 2016 9:54 PM

    Give me a break whiners…Talib probably should have kept his mouth shut, but he appears to have a problem with that. C’est la vie. He had no choice…the guy just caught a pass that your covering, and he is bounding to the endzone. You slap him with your hand and tell yourself, darn, that one got away or you do whatever you can to stop a player from getting a TD in the SB? Seriously, you grab whatever you can get and fling it out of bounds. This is why Denver won…they didn’t hold back. Sure, they should have had a few more penalties, but in the big dance, refs are prone to sit back and watch, lest they be strung up on the nearest tree for a marginal call. Like the article says, it doesn’t matter how vicious the facemask is…
    One thing I do know, is the last thing Talib is thinking about right now, is that penalty. He is probably thinking about what size ring to get.

  39. PokeSalad says: Feb 8, 2016 9:55 PM

    So a motorcycle helmet? Wouldn’t that still be easy to grab under?

    Its much harder to get under a shield down around the chin than a nice open latticework across the entire face.

  40. bradygirl12 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:56 PM

    bradygirl12 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    Thank God the Patriots taught him how to be a “professional”.

    Just quoting what Talib himself said…

  41. randomguy9999 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:56 PM

    Talib, Burfict, Suh… all those guys do more to hurt their team than help it

    so Talib is calculating whether or not he can inflict a serious injury and then doing it?

    why have guys like these in the NFL?

  42. cross300 says: Feb 8, 2016 9:57 PM

    Dirty player on a dirty team. A perfect match. He should get a suspension at least for this behavior.

  43. nflgtcfl says: Feb 8, 2016 9:57 PM

    This guy is just a jerk. Tons of talent and no class.

    I figured out the penalty was meaningless right away.

    I think he is talking with bravado … i.e. stupidity.

    I seem to recall on the reply you can see the guy would have made it to the end zone with a regular tackle based on Talib position and him being 3 yards out. I thought at the time he wanted to grab the mask as a panick move to bring him down.

    But to now say he was sending a message makes him a jerk. Whether that was why he did it or not, it is still lame.

    It was a viscous facemask. He could have been really hurt.

  44. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 8, 2016 9:59 PM

    Why not suspend him for 4 games and fine the broncos a million dollars and a first round draft pick….just trying to protect the integrity of the game….what a joke.
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    It goes to the integrity of the game. 6 game suspension, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round draft pick forfeit, and $20m fine to the team. You have to, at this point. It’s an admitted integritah violation.
    ————————————————–

    any penalty should include suspension during any post season he’s in, and no ring if his team makes it.
    this is one reason the patriots got rid of him.

  45. ohand16 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:01 PM

    I’m just amazed that both of the Broncos CBs are from the University of Kansas which I believe may be the worst program in D-1 football

  46. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:01 PM

    It’s going to take a serious spinal injury for the nfl to finally punish players for these types of deliberate face masks. He was trying to injure brown. What a pile of crap. Those sorts of plays should result in automatic ejection and suspension. But hey they won, so it’s all ok right?

  47. panthro79 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:02 PM

    Hey SeaChickens….Now we know what it feels like too. It don’t feel good #SuperBowl XL

  48. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Feb 8, 2016 10:02 PM

    What do you expect from a team with PEDton Manning as their QB. Sorry kids…admittedly receiving HGH tarnishes his and the Broncos legacy. Truth hurts.

  49. therealtrenches says: Feb 8, 2016 10:05 PM

    tangotwo22 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:21 PM

    No kidding….whats the penalty, half the distance which in this case is less than a yard….why not grab the mask and punish him. The NFL is such a joke, ever since Goodell took over its one mess after another.

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    Right, because Goodell wrote the “half-the-distance” rule. It hasn’t been on the books and practiced since we were all kids. So this is all his fault. Wah.

  50. sariff420 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:06 PM

    So many over sensitive soft pansy fans. Its football and nothing more than a foul.

  51. justintuckrule says: Feb 8, 2016 10:07 PM

    Bunch of pansies you all are. It’s one penalty for face mask and its 15yards no matter how deliberate. Your real beef is with the competition committee for not fixing a flawed rule. It was the correct football play under the circumstances. No different that an intentional PI to prevent a TD. just because he admitted intent doesn’t change that.

  52. ebdug says: Feb 8, 2016 10:10 PM

    10 years ago the Panthers would have sent a hit squad after Talib and he would have watched the 2nd half from a hospital bed in traction.

  53. rrhoe says: Feb 8, 2016 10:10 PM

    Talib like school on a Sunday– No class…..

  54. horses721 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    Nobody cares because the player doesn’t play for a team that everybody hates. Things like this only take place on 1 team in the NFL.

  55. Wisconsin77 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    Manning on HGH, the whole defense on steroids.

    Denver 2016 Suberpbowl Champs*

  56. raideralex99 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:13 PM

    How come the refs did not give an unsportsmanlike 15 yd penalty to the Panther player on the sideline who hit a Bronco player after he tackled Cam?

  57. mtsquad says: Feb 8, 2016 10:16 PM

    I know what he deserves. Consider a clean player was suspended basically for a year for spanking his kid. Enough said!

  58. dmretrogames says: Feb 8, 2016 10:18 PM

    Broncos got away with the same murder Seattle did a couple years ago. Clutch and grab all game, they’ll ignore it.

    Talib is a punk almost on the order of Burfict.

  59. steelcurtainn says: Feb 8, 2016 10:21 PM

    This is not news, you can tell talibs facemask was intentional from the beginning. Denver played well in the postseason and home field held well for them but they gave up 20 plus points in half of their games during the season. The defense can give up big plays, ask Big Ben when the steelers are healthy with all their players.

  60. Hitdog18 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:21 PM

    All class, these Broncos

  61. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 8, 2016 10:22 PM

    Give him 8 games and he’d probably feel the same. He said it best, “we’re world champs”. No amount of punishment will take that away from him or his team mates

  62. bullcharger says: Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    Denver won, and they played tough, but they are definitely the dirtiest team in the league. They purposely twisted Stewart’s leg too. Ward talks about targeting knees. It’s a throwback to Buddy Ryan.

    Teams with that kind of edge often win as long as they can keep it in control. Look what the Patriots had with Rodney Harrison.

    However, it sucks to play against them. Eventually someone will take them out too when they get a chance a la Hines Ward.

  63. joparks2012 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    Wow, unreal, the nerve of a guy meting out some revenge for when he was slapped for a personal foul that gave the Panthers a fresh set of downs after they were going to punt. How dare Talib pick the perfect time to expose a loophole on half the distance penalties in the league’s massive rule book. So his winners share check may be lighter than the others but he’ll still get a big ring and honestly, that’s all he cares about.

    The last time I looked, it’s still a contact sport…for now. When the game is flag football and the site is re-named PFFT, then you have something.

  64. wrlegrand says: Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    But Cam is the bad guy and villain…right?

    I mean seriously, read some of these comments and it really makes you wonder where our heads are as a society. One man draws ridicule for essentially removing himself before saying something he would regret. The other runs his mouth, admits to trying to hurt someone, and he is seen in a positive light by more than a few…wow, just wow.

  65. myhawks1976 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:25 PM

    PokeSalad says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:21 PM
    Ive said before….why do the helmets even have facemasks in 2016? A smooth polycarbonate shield would work better in protection, and not allow any fingers to pull on anything.

    Its ridiculous this hasnt been done yet.

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    Problem is the players won’t accept it. I’m guessing you never played the game. But any FURTHER blocking of the airways would be extremely difficult. Look at the amount of heavy breathing you see by play 4 or 5 of a drive. A full shield would further inhibit oxygen intake, which could cause even more serious injury.

  66. blackbeard43 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:27 PM

    what I wanna know is….

    Where are all the rubes that predicted a Carolina blow out?

  67. raiderapologist says: Feb 8, 2016 10:34 PM

    Aqib is probably considered the smart one in the family.

  68. joparks2012 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:35 PM

    wrlegrand says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:24 PM

    “…One man draws ridicule for essentially removing himself before saying something he would regret.”

    Hey, whatever makes you sleep at night. Keep believing that. I’ve got some beachfront property in Montana to sell you.

  69. jamezz23 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:38 PM

    I mean, it’s a guaranteed way to stop someone dead in their tracks, the foul happened at like the 4 yard line, so it was only a 2 yard penalty. I’m not saying it’s not dirty cause it 100% is, but things happen like that way more than you think, he’s just dumb enough to tell everyone it was deliberate

  70. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 8, 2016 10:40 PM

    If he hadn’t grabbed the face mask like that, the alternative was to let the guy score.

  71. twesty85 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:44 PM

    He’s in the wrong, but there were many others before him. One thing remains the same: he’s a Super Bowl champion.

  72. driftw00d says: Feb 8, 2016 10:46 PM

    Thank Budweiser that Brown wasn’t hurt.

  73. broncolovin says: Feb 8, 2016 10:50 PM

    Ya maybe Talib took it a lil too far with the face mask but I’d rather have the team’s play we saw yesterday… aggressive, tough and take no crap attitude than we saw 2 years ago where Fox’s “boys” forgot to get off the bus. Ya we were missin Von, Wolfe and Harris but damn it was the ‘bowl! We got worked sure but I’ll take yesterday all day and everday. Sorry bronco haters

  74. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 8, 2016 10:51 PM

    So suspend him. Denver got the ring. Any team would pay that price!

  75. boogerhut says: Feb 8, 2016 10:53 PM

    Hoo boy, let’s see how long Florio can milk THIS story. Football’s a dirty sport played by men. If you want anything else, be a backup dancer or rap star. Nothing wrong with setting the tone early, it obviously worked. BRONCOS!

  76. srector1224 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:55 PM

    You guys are so full of crap, honestly just hypocrites. To act as though football teams are all made up of saints is ridiculous. All the teams you root for are filled with scumbags too but you ignore it because it’s your team.

    You hate us because you ain’t us plain and simple.

  77. lilrob10201 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:57 PM

    And when you retire nobody will know you as a SB champion instead will know you more as a NFL player who was a scum.

  78. sammievee says: Feb 8, 2016 11:00 PM

    Two game suspension–EOS

  79. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 8, 2016 11:00 PM

    nflgtcfl says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:57 PM
    But to now say he was sending a message makes him a jerk. Whether that was why he did it or not, it is still lame.
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    The statement was simple ‘Nothing will be easy. We concede nothing to you but pain so dance with that.’
    It used to be called football

  80. Damidwesterner says: Feb 8, 2016 11:01 PM

    Of course, that first statement that accidental facemasks are 15yd personal foul penalties is something that will count towards Goodell’s ‘Two PFs and You’re Out” policy. Like that swipe by the Lion’s DL on Rogers that gave the Pack another play which got them the Hail Mary win.

  81. mackcarrington says: Feb 8, 2016 11:05 PM

    All this admission means is that he’ll get a longer and louder standing ovation at the championship parade.

  82. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 8, 2016 11:06 PM

    Still looking for one Panther Nation fan that predicted an epic blow out game. Just one. (crickets)

  83. jchipwood says: Feb 8, 2016 11:08 PM

    And just where was Tom Brady when this happened?

  84. loknezz says: Feb 8, 2016 11:11 PM

    bradygirl12 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:56 PM
    bradygirl12 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:41 PM

    Thank God the Patriots taught him how to be a “professional”.

    Just quoting what Talib himself said…

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    Yeah. Can’t deny he didn’t say that. From what I remember though, he was not acting this way (on and off the field) during his stint in NE.

    Congrats to him and the Broncos.

  85. FinFan68 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:11 PM

    Talib is a punk and admitted that he did it on purpose. He should be suspended for at least 4 games with no BS reduction. How can the union defend him when he admitted to an intentional dirty play that could have ended another union member’s career? If I were in charge of discipline, he would sit out 2016. When he complains, simply say “hey, you’re world champs though…”

  86. immafubared says: Feb 8, 2016 11:12 PM

    I blame goody for this. Yes a 1.5 yard penalty for what could have broken the guys neck or crippled the guy for life to save six points. We’ve all heard the bs from!his office from!day one he is all about player safety. Maybe I missed it but I failed to see game ejections for deliberate face masks and hitting in the knees to make someone. I say let these guys play. These stupid penalties for putting your hands on the receiver leading to major pass interference calls and a 1.5 yard penalty for grabbing a facemask deliberately is the nfl talking out both sides there mouth. Goody it would be a good time to start penalizing the cam dances. We’re tired of it. Stop it now.

  87. cotroutslayer says: Feb 8, 2016 11:13 PM

    Repeat offender = 4 game suspension + BIG fine

    Being stupid and admitting it = +2 game suspension, priceless!

  88. plastics017 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:19 PM

    It was only a matter of time before the idiots figured out a way to blame this on the Patriots…

  89. levanderwilliams says: Feb 8, 2016 11:21 PM

    So what! It was actually a smart play on his part. The penalty occurred on the 2 yard line. Half the distance to the goal only surrendered 1 yard. He saved a touchdown and that’s all it matters.

  90. ttoptom says: Feb 8, 2016 11:22 PM

    Hillary wants to know, “What difference – at this point – does it make?!?”

  91. 8oneanddones says: Feb 8, 2016 11:22 PM

    Too bad the Panthers didn’t sign Wes Welker.

  92. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 8, 2016 11:28 PM

    Newsflash, Denver doesn’t play pattie cake ball. ASK Tammy Brady.

  93. stevosupremo89 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:28 PM

    As a Rams fan, I find it quite entertaining to hear all of these “blank team is the dirtiest team in the NFL.” I hear it about the Rams all the time, but it seems like any time some idiot gets a big penalty(which happens every week) that whole team becomes “the dirtiest team in the NFL.” NFL players play dirty and they all play to win.

  94. shaggyo3 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:52 PM

    so many pats fans coming to an article, not about their team, to take backhanded shots. then they call everyone else trolls and haters! lol good stuff.

  95. blackball407 says: Feb 8, 2016 11:52 PM

    Rodney Harrison woulda taken out his ACL!!!

  96. dejadoh says: Feb 9, 2016 12:00 AM

    To prevent this in the future, the NFL needs to put in a rule which states that the enforcement of the penalty for an intential face mask of a player carrying the ball inside the opponents 20 is not subject to the 1/2 the distance rule (the full 15 yards is applied). And if the penalty occurs inside the 15 yard line, the penalty will result in touch down (for the player carrying the ball, whether or not he would have scored). The offender would also be ejected and subject to fine. They will need to better define intential vs incidental face mask to be clear.

    What Talib did to Brown was intential and worthy of an ejection. I understand he was upset at the bogus taunting call earlier, but he could have broken Brown’s neck.

  97. dexx57 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:06 AM

    He should have been ejected.

  98. dejadoh says: Feb 9, 2016 12:08 AM

    And to clarify my comment above, what Talib did was very smart. He made sure Brown would not score. The penalty was negligible. I like smart players.

  99. willowy2k says: Feb 9, 2016 12:13 AM

    By any means necessary. Was flagrant but helped set the tone and one of the reasons we are the World Champions.

  100. racerx1225 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:13 AM

    After the poking the eye ting, he should be fined and suspended 2 games. Docked pay for them as well. I think if you make it hurt financially, an idiot like this will wise up.

  101. mikebel11 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:20 AM

    I said as soon as it happened that it was a smart play. You try to tackle him around the waist and there’s a good shot he pushes you back the last 2 yards into the end zone. You grab his face mask and throw him out of bounds and you get a 1 yard penalty and your team still has a chance to keep them out of the end zone. Unfortunately they didn’t, but still.

  102. fordbw says: Feb 9, 2016 12:20 AM

    Talib is a punk who has been committing these kinds of stupid penalties all year. The NFL needs to fine his azz!

  103. maiphatdong says: Feb 9, 2016 12:25 AM

    all i hear is,,,,,WAAAAAH

  104. forthegoodofthegame says: Feb 9, 2016 12:32 AM

    Goodell thinks he has a disciplinary policy. The whole deflategate machination is aabout Goodell and the owners trying to make up reasons to expand Goodell’s authority. Maybe he should spend more time focusing on the punks instead of the players he should be thanking for being so popular that Goodell even has a job.

  105. mickton says: Feb 9, 2016 12:53 AM

    I’d welcome talib on my team any day of the week .

  106. tdz12 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:57 AM

    I’m sure once he’s gone through the appeal process he will accept the outcome. I mean what are the odds it affects Denver next season anyway?

  107. bastardfromhell says: Feb 9, 2016 1:12 AM

    Cam Newton is the Ronda Rousey of the NFL

  108. patsfanshaveonlybeenfanssincebrady says: Feb 9, 2016 1:18 AM

    Happy that the Broncos won… However I have to say, the more competitive game was the AFCCG vs. New England.

    The Patriots AND the Steelers would’ve beaten the Panthers as well. Broncos won the Super Bowl vs the 4th best team in the NFL.

  109. guitarfreak21 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:32 AM

    I’m not a Panther fan, and even I hate this man now. He is cancer. He is dirty. He should NOT play football.

  110. 6kings says: Feb 9, 2016 1:53 AM

    Based on the discourse above. Smart guys should be ejected and suspended and their teams should be punished. After all, only stupid imbeciles should play this game.

  111. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 9, 2016 2:25 AM

    Ok, so me me get this straight… a player intentionally interferes with what would be a touchdown catch, later admits to doing it attempting to stop a touchdown and he is cheered for the smart play.

    Talib does virtually the exact same thing (obviously different penalty) but because of who he is, he is suddenly the bad guy?

  112. gp1390r says: Feb 9, 2016 4:36 AM

    But Cam is the bad guy and villain…right?

    I mean seriously, read some of these comments and it really makes you wonder where our heads are as a society. One man draws ridicule for essentially removing himself before saying something he would regret. The other runs his mouth, admits to trying to hurt someone, and he is seen in a positive light by more than a few…wow, just wow.
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    Anyone who knows football knows Talib is a punk. DO NOT try and compare him to Cam Newton. QB is a different standard, like it or not. As a Colts fan, I saw Talib try to poke out Dwayne Allen’s eye. That cost the Broncos any chance of winning that game. The Colts beat the Broncos that night…just this season. Talib was a punk when he was with NE too. Dude is a major talent but has a 10 cent brain.

    As for Cam, dude, you need to wake up and realize he is also a QB. Like it or not, he is the face of the NFL today, judging by the ads. Manning is the biggest but he’s gone now. Cam strutted all year and got humbled in the SB. Then he acted like a little boy afterwards….But he didn’t try to take out a player by eye gouging him or throwing to the turf by his face mask…Cam is a jackass but at least he is a decent QB (SB notwithstanding), Talib has been and always will be a punk b****.

  113. sullijo1 says: Feb 9, 2016 4:45 AM

    Clearly, we should award the Panthers the Super Bowl.

    I’m sure there are some dirtbag lawyers that will take up the case…..

    Move on, losers. East coast bias trying to explain why they didn’t pick the Broncos……..sorry, losers.

  114. elitekane says: Feb 9, 2016 4:50 AM

    Faskmask is an issue and will be an issue because most players dont want anything obstructing their vision or breathing which is what a “smooth polycarbonate shield” would do. Thats why its not being done.

  115. sonhoodoo says: Feb 9, 2016 5:07 AM

    What do you get when you add HGH, PEDs and dirty players together?

    A super bowl win. Worst team to ever get a ring.

  116. danm1978 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:14 AM

    craigkintexas says:
    Feb 8, 2016 9:23 PM
    He should have been ejected/benched by Wade.
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    You’re aware Wade Phillips isn’t the Head Coach right?
    The fact that you are saying he would take a starter out of the game IN THE SUPERBOWL is laughable.

  117. danm1978 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:41 AM

    dejadoh says:
    Feb 9, 2016 12:00 AM
    To prevent this in the future, the NFL needs to put in a rule which states that the enforcement of the penalty for an intential face mask of a player carrying the ball inside the opponents 20 is not subject to the 1/2 the distance rule (the full 15 yards is applied). And if the penalty occurs inside the 15 yard line, the penalty will result in touch down (for the player carrying the ball, whether or not he would have scored). The offender would also be ejected and subject to fine. They will need to better define intential vs incidental face mask to be clear.

    What Talib did to Brown was intential and worthy of an ejection. I understand he was upset at the bogus taunting call earlier, but he could have broken Brown’s neck.
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    I’m a Broncos fan—and it was very dirty play.
    Here’s a better idea with regard to the Penalty TD. I’d say that you’ve maybe looked at the Intentional Grounding and twisted it a bit. A better idea for a team might be to hold them 15 yards and they can use that penalty when they want OR it’s applied the next time it can be applied(or even apply it to push the opponents back 15 yards) Imagine that you’re up by one and have a 15 yarder in your pocket. Your opponents have what would originally be a 55 yard field goal. Apply the 15 yarder and boom…..they need a record breaking field goal or a 70yard hail mary. Or a 4th and 1 becomes 4th and 16. I do believe that referees are under pressure NOT to eject people. There is no huge loss to ejecting a player in the NFL though. Ejecting in NFL and Basketball you still will have the same amount of players. Trust me, if ejection for facemasking meant you had to play with 10 on defense the rest of the game—-the Superbowl…he wouldn’t have done it.

  118. Don Humphrey says: Feb 9, 2016 6:07 AM

    First of all, congrats to the Broncos (from a Pats fan) — you won and did it convincingly. As for Talib, he’s a hothead (who is also a very good player). Fine, him, suspend him, do something. He admitted he did it intentionally. Connect the dots, protect the shield (what a corny phrase).

  119. kcflake says: Feb 9, 2016 6:48 AM

    Super Bowl or not, Talib should have been ejected for that flagrant face mask.

  120. realpatsfan says: Feb 9, 2016 6:55 AM

    Talib dose these things then tries to play stupid, he make excuses for his ignorance.
    But the league continues to let him do this.
    Roger, more stains on your SHIELD.

  121. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 9, 2016 7:02 AM

    Some of these guys just aren’t bright enough to know when to keep their mouth shut.

    Like Jerry Rice admitted he cheated with stickum and now this. If you do something like that why on earth would you admit it? LOL.

  122. fsstnotch says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 AM

    Talib’s taunting penalty came because he removed his helmet on the field while yelling back at brown. He leaves his helmet on, no penalty.

    The facemask should have resulted in an ejection.

  123. patsrthegreatest says: Feb 9, 2016 7:28 AM

    He won’t miss a game or a dime since he’s not in New England anymore. Everyone knows that…

  124. thenameisredskins says: Feb 9, 2016 8:02 AM

    I seriously cannot believe that anyone is talking about a Facemask penalty. My guess is that at least one of these happens every game. Why aren’t we talking about the trash talking the Panthers were doing on the field prior to the game? Or, after every single first half play? Or the player on the Panthers sideline that shoved Von Miller for a clean hit on Cam? No, let’s instead focus on a facemask penalty.

    It appears that the Panthers took great offense to the fact that the Broncos physically beat them up on every play. That is why players like Brown and Cam started pouting the way they did.

  125. sidepull says: Feb 9, 2016 8:19 AM

    I wish they would have thrown him out of the game. He really could have hurt him badly.
    Not acceptable and I think hes about as big a jerk as there is in the NFL.

  126. fjw2 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:43 AM

    The reason they combined the intentional and unintentional penalties is because it is too subjective in the vast majority of cases to tell if it was intentional. In this case it was not hard to tell.

    There should be a standard facemask penalty, which would be the same as it is today, and a flagrant penalty for a personal foul that happens within 15 yards of the end zone, is clearly intentional, and prevents what would be a scoring play, similar to how the flagrant foul is applied on break-aways in basketball.

    Had this play been at the 45 or 30 yard line, no way Talib intentional torques the receiver’s head as he is smart enough to know that 15 yard penalty hurts his team. If the flagrant PF was in force like I described he likewise doesn’t do it because it results in a score for the opponent.

  127. zombiepatriot says: Feb 9, 2016 9:18 AM

    Incidents such as what occurred highlight the need for the NFL to review their rules and policies related to player ejection.

    We all saw what occurred and we all knew it was a flagrant and intentional act with a high likelihood for injury which to me when viewing it should have resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

    Then again as in the case of Beckman, Norman and Burfict this year it would take a little backbone on behalf of the referees to actually act and make a decision.

  128. fringetastic says: Feb 9, 2016 10:05 AM

    Even though I wanted the Broncos to win, when I saw the play and the twisting of the facemask and tossing him with it, I thought he should have been ejected. His explanation just cements it for me: He knew the punishment wouldn’t be much. Put ejection on the table and he makes a safer play.

  129. PokeSalad says: Feb 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    As a Rams fan, I find it quite entertaining to hear all of these “blank team is the dirtiest team in the NFL.”

    Maybe if yall played dirtier, you’d do better than .500 every year.

  130. sn19 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:08 PM

    Dude got tosssed. Hard. Felt like old time Raiders/Steelers out there. For a moment, I felt like I was watching the NFL again. Then Cam started crying when he was tackled too hard, and I remembered I’m watching football in 2016.

  131. kjdoyle58 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:25 PM

    Lucky for Brown that Talib wasn’t packing or he might have gone all Die Hard on him. Why isn’t this clown in with Hernandez?

  132. godonkeys7 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:51 PM

    And just where was Tom Brady when this happened?

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    Sitting on the sideline still getting booed.

  133. godonkeys7 says: Feb 9, 2016 1:53 PM

    As a Broncos fan I wish we could just cut him. I hated that we picked him up in the first place from the Pats, especially after he was “hurt” by Wes Welker in the previous AFC Championship game.

    The one thing I can say for the facemask was at least he admitted it as opposed to poking Dwayne Allen in the eye and saying he was trying to slap him in the head. What an idiot!

    I’m comfortable with Harris and Roby playing CB for us next year.

  134. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 13, 2016 10:51 AM

    What about Amendola grilling a Chiefs player on a punt that didn’t even catch the football? And the refs said half the distance and I said HUH! I can’t believe nobody picked that up including Andy Reid(dummy). Should have been a 15 yarder. Should he have been ejected? Let’s start ejecting players for playing football. Everytime there’s a facemask or helmet hit flagrant or accidental. Let’s hand out yellow and red cards. NOT!!! We REAL Americans call that Soccer. Quit your crying you sissy pansies. You’re ruining my man’s game enough. Everybody crying except for the guy who got facemasked(Brown) is probably saying “Good play”

  135. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 13, 2016 10:57 AM

    NFL gave the wrong player MVP and OPOY AGAIN. No surprise here. JJ Watt should have gotten MVP last year. Rodgers OPOY. Houston DPOY.

  136. concretejimmy52 says: Feb 13, 2016 11:06 AM

    Fascinating! Everybody crying about a certain player doing something that many have done before him. How many players did something flagrant that was dirty and their trademark before it became a penalty? I’m sure they’re all in the HOF! Oh the Irony!

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