Bernard Pollard gets flagged for perfectly clean hit (GIF)

Oct 13, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Titans 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard has a reputation around the league as a heavy-hitter and player that will make you pay for coming across the middle, and that is likely why he earned a flag for a big hit on Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker on Sunday afternoon.

Pollard laid Decker out with a perfectly clean hit after leading with his shoulder, but the referees threw a penalty for a helmet-to-helmet blow and hitting a defenseless receiver. It’s a shame that these calls aren’t reviewable, because the penalty was a costly one for Tennessee.

Here is a look at the hit:

Did you think the hit was dirty or clean? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.

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  • Aaron Martin

    Very clean. But that’s what you get when you play the Donkeys, they piss and moan about everything so calls go their way.

  • freddysimmons12

    Let me preface this by saying I don’t agree with the rule.

    But you are wrong on this one. There is a population-wide misunderstanding of the rule regarding illegal hits. You do not have to lead with the helmet if the receiver is deemed “defenseless”, which is what the new rule states Decker was in this scenario. Got hit high (yes with the shoulder, but that doesn’t matter) while going for the ball, before he had an opportunity to turn and “defend himself”. Again, I think it puts the defender in an impossible spot, but it is the rule now.

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