Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has taken a lot of hits this season, and the refs finally called roughing the passer for one of them.
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Stacy McGee initiated contact after the ball left Newton’s hand, then he drove the quarterback into the ground. It’s a clear roughing the passer penalty, though Newton usually doesn’t get the benefit of those calls.
This wasn’t just the first time officials have called roughing the passer in Newton’s favor this season.
Officials did call roughing the passer against the Broncos in Week 1 for a hit on Newton, but it was not enforced because of an offsetting penalty called on the Panthers.
The Broncos couldn’t overcome their own mistakes to get a win. Denver allowed a safety to Justin Houston, and immediately allowed an 86-yard return touchdown from Tyreek Hill on the ensuing kick.
Denver’s return specialist, Jordan Norwood, muffed two punts, and one of those was recovered by the Chiefs. Norwood’s teammate, Aqib Talib, wasn’t happy about the muffed punts.
The Chiefs tried to mount a comeback as time ticked away in regulation, scoring a touchdown that was initially not called a touchdown, but the ruling was changed upon review. That narrowed the Broncos’ lead to 24-22, and the two-point conversion was successful, tying the game at 24.
Denver and Kansas City traded field goals on their first possessions of overtime, but a miss from Denver later on gave the Chiefs a shot to win it with a field goal.
With the win, Kansas City improves to 8-3 and improves its standing in the AFC West. The Broncos fall to 7-4, placing them a full game behind the Chiefs and two games behind the division-leading Oakland Raiders. For the Chiefs, the Sunday Night Football win also means they improve to 11-18 in primetime games since 2004.
The NFL acknowledged that Campbell should have been penalized for roughing the passer, and Campbell was fined roughly $18,000 for the hit.