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.
Andrew Luck gets dogpiled by two Patriots defensemen ... no penalty— ™️ (@TommySledge) October 5, 2018
Tom Brady gets a glancing noogie ... FLAG!!! PENALTY!!! MURDER!!!pic.twitter.com/TGiTj6hRr9
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.
@NFL Your roughing the passer rules don’t make sense at all. Review that “roughing the passer” penalty against tom brady and watch the one that wasn’t called on luck.— B.A. ✝️ (@brandonrise91) October 5, 2018
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.