Steelers’ Ryan Shazier goes helmet-to-helmet with Bengals’ Riovani Bernard, knocking him unconscious and no flag is thrown?!?

Shazier Hit

by Lauren Tobin on

I have no dog in this fight. I root neither for nor against the Steelers or Bengals. But man did the refs blow it in the wild card game this weekend. When Ryan Shazier unloaded — going helmet-to-helmet with Bengals RB Giovani Bernard — and no call was made, I just about lost it.

It’s impossible anymore to tell what’s going on in the NFL. When is a catch a catch? When is a hit an illegal hit. Watch the video, he clearly lowered his head making the hit, and Shazier’s helmet caught Bernard’s helmet. How is that not a penalty?

A 15-yard penalty will be called if a runner or a tackler initiates forcible contact by delivering a blow with the top/crown of his helmet against an opponent when both players clearly are outside the tackle box (an area extending from tackle-to-tackle and from 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage to the offensive team’s end line). — NFL Rule
Couple looks at the hit on Gio Bernard, good to see him get up
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 10, 2016

As Bernard laid on the turf with a concussion from an illegal hit, the ball turned over to the Steelers when it was ruled a fumble.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spoke up after the game, pointing to an early play in whichthe Bengals Vontaze Burfict was flagged on a hit that gave Steelers receiver Antonio Brown a concussion, but no flag was thrown on Shazier’s hit on Bernard.

“They deemed that to be a hit to the head I guess, and others not today.” — Marvin Lewis

Ref consultant/analysis Mike Periera disagrees. He says it’s a fumble, and no call is the right call. Quite simply, he’s wrong. Look at the video.

It is not a foul but it is a fumble. Should be the Steelers ball. Not a foul because the receiver was a runner.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 10, 2016

I do agree with Periera when he says this, though. Game was out of control.

Hardest game of the year to officiate and the League has lot to look at including hit that might be crown of the helmet and Burfict.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 10, 2016
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