Eric Weddle escapes fine for touchdown facemask of Antonio Brown

AP

At times, the NFL’s procedure for determining who does and doesn’t get fined for on-field infractions resembles a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Played by children with inner-ear disorders. During an earthquake.

On Sunday in Pittsburgh, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown’s touchdown catch-run-and-reach for the ages came against a strong defensive effort from a couple of Ravens players. One of them, safety Eric Weddle, so badly wanted that post-game gallon of ice cream that he treated Brown’s facemask like a scoop stuck in a frozen mound of Rocky Road.

The officials didn’t notice it (#shocker), but the replays made it obvious and clear. It wasn’t just a mild pull or tug; it was a hang-his-full-body-weight move that twisted Brown’s neck.

The NFL routinely metes out four-figure punishment for a five-finger grab (OK, four and a thumb) of the cage protecting a player’s face. In Weddle’s case, there was no fine.

While the NFL will disclose fine information in response to requests regarding specific players (giving the Friday exercise the feel of a quiz show), the league never explains the decision. Maybe that’s because the explanation would be a grunt to the cadence of, “I don’t know.”

23 responses to “Eric Weddle escapes fine for touchdown facemask of Antonio Brown

  1. It worked out but that missed call could have had huge implications. If Brown didn’t score there’s a chance the time runs out. If the face mask was called as it should have been, at the very least we get an untimed down.

    The refs dodged a bullet but it is inexcusable that the league didn’t remedy, or even acknowledge, it.

  2. Cant wait to hear from all the anti-Steeler fans that posted in the Deflategate 2 article about how the NFL protects and sides with the Rooneys.

    Yup.

  3. And no fine on Shazier on his hit which was flagged, an admission the refs blew that one.

    Guess these are all part of Obama’s pardons although the players on the other end may need Obamacare.

  4. Despite Weddle’s flagrant and desperate foul, and
    the malpractice of the 7 striped blind mice on the field,
    the Great Antonio and the Steelers were NOT going to be denied.

    So, lets get this right. This spectacular catch that
    the Great Antonio made to win the game, and save the season,
    should be referred to as the “Immaculate Extension” –
    and deservedly so, for it was indeed the ‘Catch that saved Christmas’.

    Props go out to those bright minds who thought up these names
    and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

  5. Different treatment for different teams under Goodell.

    Goodell tried to only give Ray Rice 2 games and hoped we didn’t see the video he did. Once he realized we saw it too, Rice was done.

    Mara made a backroom deal with Goodell to suspend Josh Brown for 1 game instead of the mandatory 6. Then we found out Mara knew all about Brown’s abuse.

    During the AFCCG 2 years ago, NE and Indy were BOTH using footballs that measured under the legal psi limit. Of course we know that the balls deflated naturally. You know science and common sense… Brady was suspended 4 games, NE lost 2 draft picks, and Kraft was fined $1M. For the EXACT SAME INFRACTION DURING THE SME GAME the Colts got a pat on the back from the league for nailing the Pats.

    The NYJ’s owner tampered with Revis on live TV in front of millions of people and got only a $100K fine. KC made a single phone call to Maclin during the “wink wink nod nod” free agent period and lost about $325K and 2 draft picks.

    Weddle nearly breaks Browns neck on just about the most egregious face mask of the year and…nothing.

    Of course, those of us who aren’t fans of Denver, Baltimore, Indy, NYG and NYJ can think of dozens of examples of the special treatment awarded to these favorite few.

    FIRE GOODELL!

  6. Very obvious facemask. I’m not ok with the refs missing it and they could easily miss it again during a different game with different teams and it’s terrible that these calls are being missed. I’ve always been a Eric Weddle fan and by no means is he a dirty player but that was blatant. I don’t really care whether he was fined or not. Maybe the NFL just didn’t want to throw salt on a giant wound. But let’s remember the double standard. Some teams get away with a whole lot and none of those teams are SB contenders.

  7. do we really need anymore salt in the wound… I mean the season is over and it was ended by a hated rival on a spectaclar play and total defensive failure. leave it alone.

  8. Credit to the Ravens for always giving their best when playing
    against the Steelers, and making it an exciting game.
    As much as I dislike the purple-clad birds, they are always tough
    and worthy rivals. Looking forward to next year’s match ups.

  9. Here’s an idea:

    While they were reviewing the TD, they should have the ability to call the ‘missed’ personal foul.

    Had Brown not made it in with the stretch, the Steelers would then have been granted first and goal from the goal line.

  10. Of course he wasn’t fined, he’s a Raven, one of Roger’s little darlings’

    A Federal judge made it clear she thought Roger was lying about the Ray Rice incident and had been complicit in covering it up. He’s an accomplice to domestic abuse and can’t push the Ravens too far or they’ll out him.

  11. They passed the fine along to OBJ. They couldn’t find any thing else to fine him for last week, so they resorted to that.

  12. Want to know where the fine is on Weddle for a facemask yank and grab that was not called on the field…..the outrage …..No mention by any media source wanting to know about the fines that should have been handed down in the Dallas/ Lions Monday night game…….There were 3 hits 2 of them vicious the 1st a a helmet to helmet launch by Dallas safety to Golden Tate’s head on 3rd & 8 at our own 40 that knocked him out of the game for back to back Lions possessions would have been 1st & 10 on Dallas 45 , the second one led all highlights on all stations after the game was over When off a punt return Andre Roberts WR/KR ran a long one back to our 50 and was being tackled by the legs when the punter leveled Roberts on the sideline by launching , not tackling, the punter left his feet & delivered a helmet to helmet blow and destroyed him to a bunch of chest bumps on the sidelines & was glorified in all of the highlights that penalty would have put us on Dallas 35yd line, A.Roberts did not practice all week because of the hit , & then a helmet to helmet hit on Stafford that was not bad but a helmet to helmet hit regardless & not one of them was flagged on the field??? Why not? Why no mention of it? Why on Tuesday was the highlight of the helmet to helmet by the punter removed? 3 Penaltys , and multiple blatant PI calls , Dez facemask pull & yank on his touchdown catch all no flags …….who did the NFL want to win this one? Ohhh to be a Dallas darling.

  13. nhpats says:
    Dec 31, 2016 12:35 PM
    Who cares…..the Ravens are done for the season…..again….
    ++++++++++++++++++

    We should all care. For all the smack that goes back and forth between Steelers and Pats fans and how quickly everyone joins in to bang the Mara and Woody get away with murder drum the facts shouldn’t be ignored. Who gets away with more while having less said about it than Roger’s golf buddy Bisciotti’s merry band? There’s a sizable core group of owners, like Johnson, Irsay and the Bowlen family to name a few, whose teams get somewhat preferential treatment because they always give the league office their quiet acquiescence regardless of the issue but there are only a few like Mara, Richardson and Bisciotti that get the extra special kid glove treatment.

  14. chippys lost binky | Dec 31, 2016, 3:20 PM EST
    nhpats says:
    Dec 31, 2016 12:35 PM
    Who cares…..the Ravens are done for the season…..again….
    ++++++++++++++++++

    We should all care. For all the smack that goes back and forth between Steelers and Pats fans and how quickly everyone joins in to bang the Mara and Woody get away with murder drum the facts shouldn’t be ignored. Who gets away with more while having less said about it than Roger’s golf buddy Bisciotti’s merry band? There’s a sizable core group of owners, like Johnson, Irsay and the Bowlen family to name a few, whose teams get somewhat preferential treatment because they always give the league office their quiet acquiescence regardless of the issue but there are only a few like Mara, Richardson and Bisciotti that get the extra special kid glove treatment.

    But Chippy your argument doesn’t support your usual inclusion of the Rooney’s in the inner circle of favored teams….
    You need to keep your bias straight.

    The Ravens are favored by the Commish……but who didn’t know that?

  15. Nofoolnodrool says:

    But Chippy your argument doesn’t support your usual inclusion of the Rooney’s in the inner circle of favored teams….
    You need to keep your bias straight.
    ++++++++++++++++=

    Per usual you need to get your facts straight. You have never seen me toss the Rooneys, not once. Because I never have. I have mentioned them as influential owners but never in a negative way. Your anti Pats bias causes you to imagine things that are not there whenever you see a Pats fan’s id. That type of obsession just isn’t healthy.

  16. That facemask from Weddle on Brown was so obvious, it was sickening. And yet, Brown gets penalized and fined for ‘excessive celebration’ after a touchdown.

    The league has their priorities all screwed up.

  17. Now counting 3 games in a row where a Steeler was on the receiving end of a very obvious facemask (two in one game, when they played the Bengals last time) with no flag thrown. Why the NFL still doesn’t allow coaches to challenge “non-calls” like this is beyond me.

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