Vontaze Burfict shoves Steve Smith Sr. and then flops when the receiver gets up. pic.twitter.com/oaRuOPuhJ5— NFL GIF Highlights (@NFL_GIF) November 27, 2016
Burfict’s flop was good enough to fool the refs into giving Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. a 15-yard personal foul penalty, but it wasn’t good enough to fool the league into giving Smith a fine. According to ProFootballtalk.com, Smith will not be fined for Burfict’s flop.
You would have thought that the refs would have huddled together and discussed the obvious flop but of course they didn’t. It was a bad call which stalled the Ravens drive on offense as the team was in position score a touchdown and extend the lead to 14-0 at that point but the offense had to settle for a field goal.
On defense, ProFootballtalk.com also noted that Ravens safety Eric Weddle won’t be fined for a personal foul helmet to helmet penalty that was called on him for hitting Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert in the third quarter on Sunday. This is the right move as it is clear that Eifert lowered his head at the last moment when Weddle already committed to going low and avoiding a head shot.