FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Even though he was the one who laid the knock in Saturday's first divisional playoff game, it could be Danny Amendola that gets hit...in the wallet.
After the New England Patriots forced a punt from the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter, Amendola stood back to receive. But the punt sailed over his head, giving Chiefs cornerback Jamell Fleming time to get back and catch the ball for good field position.
As Flemming waited for the football to drop, Amendola turned around and lowered his helmet, launching himself high onto Fleming and clashing with his helmet.
The unnecessary roughness flag resulted in a penalty of just a little more than a yard, due to the field position. After a brief skirmish between both teams, quarterback Tom Brady led the team on an 11-play, 98-yard scoring drive to take a 14-3 lead.
Yikes ... Dirty hit by Amendola.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 16, 2016
The Patriots now lead 27-13 with 7:38 remaining in the game.
The rule says,"a kickoff or punt returner" get the protection. Kicking team player is defenseless if he is trying to catch the kick.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 16, 2016