The NFL handed down a fine this weekend, just not the one fans may have expected. Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Cody Ford was fined $28,075 for an unnecessary roughness penalty that took his team out of field goal range in overtime, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Ford was penalized 15 yards for an illegal blindside block on Houston Texans linebacker Jacob Martin as Bills quarterback Josh Allen was scrambling to his right on a third-and-9 from the Texans' 42-yard line. Allen scrambled for four yards that would have put the Bills in position to kick a 56-yard field goal for the win, but Ford's penalty backed them into their own territory and took Buffalo out of field goal range.
The penalty was controversial, especially since Ford lost money for playing in a playoff game.
So the NFL did issue a fine, but it wasn't the one fans were expecting (especially in Philadelphia). The NFL decided not to fine Jadeveon Clowney for his hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz Friday, out of the Eagles' wild card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a concussion.
Former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira believed Clowney's actions were illegal and should have resulted in a penalty. During an interview with Rich Eisen earlier this week, Pereira said Clowney took.
As for Pereira's opinion on the Ford penalty, he thought the call was incorrect.
Enough people have asked about the blindside block that I feel I need to give my opinion. I think the call is incorrect. He doesn't lead with his shoulder or head. He pushes him. It is a bad rule and I will give my suggested rule change on Last Call Monday at 11am PST.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 5, 2020