Early on in the first quarter of Sunday’s match-up between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams – Emmanuel Sanders got loose and caught a pass for a 44-yard strike that was first ruled a touchdown.
Sanders popped right up, pointed a finger at Rams cornerback Troy Hill while talking trash, and then received a penalty for taunting.
Emmanuel Sanders just carved up the Rams D. 😳
— theScore (@theScore) October 14, 2018
That penalty put the Broncos on the 16-yard line instead of the 1-yard line, and they ultimately had to settle for a field goal.
After the game, Sanders called the league ‘soft’:
“To me, it feels like the league has gotten soft,” Sanders said, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.
“I’m having fun. I didn’t do anything crazy to the guy besides say, ‘I got you on that play,’ pointing my finger at him. [The official] threw the flag, which is crazy because I feel like I’ve been in the league nine years and I’ve been pointing at guys, go back and look at my film, I’ve been pointing at guys all the time and saying, ‘I got you on that play.’
“It was a great throw by Case. I came down with a big play, emotions are high. … It’s not like I walked up to him and head-butted him or something crazy. But it cost my team.”
Said Sanders: “When I look at the scoreboard — we lost by three points — I feel like we could have easily punched that ball in, got four [more] points. I don’t see the penalty in that. … I’ll learn from it. … I’ll keep chugging along.”
The rams would go on to win the game 23-20.