NFL fines Ravens’ Bernard Pollard $15,250 for hit
Although unlike Tom Brady, Bernard Pollard was flagged on the hit during the game, the NFL still fined Pollard due to the increased significance of a helmet-to-helmet hit on Wes Welker. Additionally, Bernard Pollard was penalized significantly more after the NFL fined him $15,250 for the hit.
Despite Bernard Pollard’s vicious hit in the third quarter of last week’s lost, Wes Welker managed to cling onto the 24-yard pass by Tom Brady. The New England Patriots were awarded a 15-yard penalty after hit, as they gained a total 39 yards, edging closer to the Baltimore Ravens’ 36-yard line.
Although the New England Patriots made most of the moment, leading the Baltimore Ravens with 13-7 in the third quarter, they failed to keep up the momentum as the Ravens stuck with a late comeback. The Baltimore Ravens defense stopped the New England Patriots from posting another first down, as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick called the punt from Ravens’ 34-yard line. On the following possession, the Baltimore Ravens made a run down field to score a touchdown and set up a lead that lived out the entire game. The New England Patriots ended up losing the AFC Championship 28-18 to the Baltimore Ravens.
The fine took out 32 percent of Bernard Pollard’s earning from the $40,000 AFC Championship pay check. But Bernard Pollard can count his blessings that at least the penalty on the hit didn’t cost the Baltimore Ravens the AFC Championship title or a shot at the Super Bowl.