The ​NFL has been ​criticized heavily as of late as a result of new rule changes that have increased the number of roughing the passer and unnecessary roughness penalties. Even with these rule changes, however, this penalty handed down after a hit on Patriots QB Tom Brady seems a bit ridiculous.

I mean, are you kidding?

​​As the Patriots have created one of the most successful dynasties in league history, many NFL fans have attributed their success to help from the league -- particularly its officiating.

Although it may seem like a crazy fan theory, the evidence is certainly there to prove it, especially since Andrew Luck was absolutely destroyed earlier in the game only to watch Brady get a free pass thanks to a helmet tap.