Daniel Sorensen not fined for game-changing hit on Rashard Higgins

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Perhaps the most controversial play of this year’s playoffs happened when Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen forced Browns receiver Rashard Higgins to fumble into the end zone with a helmet-to-helmet hit that wasn’t flagged.

Sorensen was also not fined for the hit, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

A fine would be a tacit acknowledgement that the officials screwed up by not throwing the flag. A penalty would have been a huge call. It would have given Cleveland first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Instead, Kansas City got the ball at the 20-yard line after the ball went out of bounds in the end zone.

With first-and-goal, Cleveland likely would have scored seven points. Instead, the Browns lost the game by five points. Adding insult to injury, the Chiefs drove down the field for a field goal just before halftime. That was one of the most consequential plays of the year.

30 responses to “Daniel Sorensen not fined for game-changing hit on Rashard Higgins

  1. Correction, game changing fumble by the receiver. It would’ve been 1st and goal, clock stopped with 45 seconds, from the 1 yard line.

  2. So from now on, a helmet to helmet hit has to leave one of the players decapitated to draw a flag?

  3. How many of you “commentators” would have held onto the ball under the circumstances? NONE!! The correct call would have been to call the penalty and put the ball on the 1 yard line. Similar to the non-call during the Saints game awhile back. Egregious! Terrible that these flagrant non-calls occur in such important games!

  4. When a defender commits himself to dive at a ball carrier like that, in a last ditch effort to knock him out of bounds before he scores, and the runner opts to dive for the pylon, if their helmets hit it is incidental contact. Simple physics – if you’re in the air you can’t stop. Both players led with their helmets, and the ball carrier lost the ball. That’s the story; for gosh sakes, leave it be and quit trying to make it into a controversy.

  5. If everything was reviewable it would have been a foul. We have the crazy situation now where the refs are looking at a replay knowing they’ve missed the helmet to helmet but can’t right the wrong because it’s not reviewable.

  6. no flag, no suspension, no fine, yet you and others insist it was a penalty and only a conspiracy to avoid blame is why no action was taken. it was a great play by sorensen. get over it.

  7. Nice to see the phrase finally used that when a fine is doled out after the game by the league and no flag thrown at time, it’s a blown call. Been going on for years and not externally noted enough. Especially in big games.
    The game happens at lightning speed with violent collisions, so lots gets missed. Just human.

  8. No conspiracy, just bias and favoritism on having the Chiefs advance when their end was in doubt. The “non-call” was key to the game. The fact it was non-reviewable is part of the joke of the NFL’s sometimes enforceable rules – relevant when they want them.

  9. If he scores Browns would’ve won the game. I’m a Chiefs fan but I believe they got screwed on the call, should’ve been 1st and goal at the 2.

  10. They both dove really low, what was Sorensen supposed to do lift higgins out of the air or let him score.

  11. Bring back Vontaze Burfict then…Sorenson used the crown of the helmet NOT incidental. NFL you screwed up again!

  12. He was cutting off the goalline like you are supposed to do. It is called playing defense. You are protecting your endzone and those that played understand why it is a touchback to fumble into a opponents endzone and what you do to protect it. It is suppose to be hard down there.

  13. lctftjc says:
    January 23, 2021 at 6:18 pm
    If he scores Browns would’ve won the game. I’m a Chiefs fan but I believe they got screwed on the call, should’ve been 1st and goal at the 2
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    First of all you’re not a Chiefs fans so quit lying, second of all how in your right mind can you say a play that happened in the FIRST half that still would have Browns down by 6 cost them the game when they had 30 minutes of football left to play.

  14. What message does this send to the players? This was a helmet to helmet impact with the defender lowering his head to make contact to attempt to cause a fumble. The player and his team are rewarded with the ball, preventing a score, the ability to score again in a limited amount of time and to go forward in the playoffs (financial incentive). The replay clearly shows nonincidental contact, helmet to helmet, and the head being lowered. Failure to even fine the offender says that the league is fine with the big hits and that player safety is only important when it is convenient for the league.

  15. movike says:
    January 23, 2021 at 5:02 pm
    When a defender commits himself to dive at a ball carrier like that, in a last ditch effort to knock him out of bounds before he scores, and the runner opts to dive for the pylon, if their helmets hit it is incidental contact. Simple physics – if you’re in the air you can’t stop. Both players led with their helmets, and the ball carrier lost the ball. That’s the story; for gosh sakes, leave it be and quit trying to make it into a controversy.
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    This is about as dumb as it gets. Congrats, that’s quite an achievement on an Internet forum.
    Completely illogical to suggest if a runner opts to dive for the pylon, then the rules go out the window.
    The defender led with his helmet on the tackle, which is a violation of the rule.
    The runner led with his hands and the ball.
    It’s pretty simple, but you struggle with it.

  16. Favoritism because the chiefs win was in doubt? Didn’t all this happen before half, when it was like 19-3 and Mahomes was in the game? When Mahomes was in, there was no doubt by anyone, even Browns fans had accepted it Now after Mahomes went out, yes, victory turn some to doubt.

  17. springfield says:
    January 23, 2021 at 7:10 pm
    Favoritism because the chiefs win was in doubt? Didn’t all this happen before half, when it was like 19-3 and Mahomes was in the game? When Mahomes was in, there was no doubt by anyone, even Browns fans had accepted it Now after Mahomes went out, yes, victory turn some to doubt.

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    Incorrect. The score was 17-3. If the flag is thrown the halftime score would have been best case scenario 17-10 Kansas City. The no call allowed the Chiefs to drive down the field to make a field goal making it 19-3 instead. The Chiefs didn’t score anymore TD’s in that game after the first few minutes of the second quarter. Mahomes wasn’t injured until midway through the third meaning the Browns defense kept the Chiefs offense regardless of QB out of the end zone for the rest of the game after giving up 13 early. So instead of winning by 5 the Browns lost by 5 as that TD would have made the comeback they eventually did put them in the lead which they would have then kept.

  18. It’s sad how much time browns fans have put into the scenario “if”… Take the “L” and move on.

  19. 1st and goal, but you only scored 3 points in a half after KC shut you down all half… Why are you so certain you could score at all. Congrats on getting to the playoffs.

  20. I thought helmet to helmet hits while launching was what the NFL was trying to avoid? You know, those hits that can cause a concussion…

  21. Just watched the video and Sorenson helmet hit Higgins helmet first and the helmet impact caused Higgins to fumble,,,my thing is that they had to review the play to make sure that it’s not a touchdown so how during the review did they missed the obvious helmet to helmet hit???

  22. What a weird stance to take by a league that supposedly prides itself on player safety. We all know it was a missed call. But, for the league to now double down and not fine the guy because they don’t want to admit that their refs were wrong just shows that player safety is only important when it’s convenient for the league.

  23. I wish Higgins would stay down – at least 1 referee would throw a flag. And don’t tell me they don’t call it if this happened to Rodgers or Brady

  24. Totally illegal, outrageous hit! …unless Your is on Defense! Then it’s the greatest play of the game!

  25. Mahommes sells jerseys hats and memorabilia. Every little boy wants to grow up to be him. The network ratings for chiefs games are among the best. The chiefs winning is good business.

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