Steelers-Bengals leads to huge fines: Pacman gets $28K, Shazier gets $0
The NFL handed out almost $600,000 in fines following the Bengals-Steelers playoff game.
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict isn't the only player who was hit with a punishment following Cincinnati's wild playoff loss to Pittburgh last week. At least five other people have also been punished in the form of a fine.
Pacman's penalty came with just 18 seconds left in the game and helped set up the Steelers' game-winning field goal. The Steelers were at the Cincinnati 47-yard line when Burfict got flagged for unnecessary roughness after a hit on Antonio Brown. That penalty took the Steelers to the Bengals' 32-yard line. Pacman's penalty took Pittsburgh down to the Bengals' 17-yard line, which set up Chris Boswell's 35-yard game-winning field goal.
Of course, the only reason Pacman was penalized was because he was retaliating to Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, who came on the field after Brown was injured by Burfict. Porter was fined $10,000 for being on the field.
In Porter's defense, he only got tangled up with Bengals' players after defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry came out of nowhere and bumped him. Gilberry was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness, although it's not clear if the fine was from bumping Porter.
Bengals defensive lineman Domata Peko was also fined $8,681 in the game.
Besides Porter, Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak was also fined. Munchak was docked $10,000 for pulling the hair of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson during the first quarter.
The second-biggest fine of the game went to Steelers lineman Ramon Foster, who was fined $17,363 for a leg whip that didn't draw a penalty flag. Foster was one of the Steelers players who accused the Bengals of spitting on his teammates.
Bernard had established himself as a runner, which is why Shazier wasn't flagged and likely why he wasn't fined.
Overall, the NFL handed out $83,665 in fines for the game, plus Burfict was suspended for the first three games of 2016 with no pay, which basically adds another $502,941 in fines for a total of $586,606.
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