With the Rams leading 6-0 late in the first quarter Sunday and the Broncos in a second-and-5 situation at the Los Angeles 44-yard line, Broncos quarterback Case Keenum hit Sanders for what Sanders initially believed was a 44-yard touchdown.
As soon as Sanders popped up from a tackle, he pointed a finger in Rams cornerback Troy Hill’s face, which drew the flag for taunting.
Lol Emmanuel Sanders with the most obvious taunting penalty ever…
And he was ruled down at the 1, so Broncos had to go back to the 16 and settled for a field goal. pic.twitter.com/Ao27rhq7gO
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 14, 2018
“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 Broncos lost another potential three points in the second quarter because of penalties. As a player you must adapt to whatever the rules are. Is the NFL getting soft? Yea maybe, but blaming the league for your penalty is weak.