Roughing the Passer Under Fire in the N.F.L.

Oct 11, 2022

Late in Atlanta’s game against Tampa Bay, Grady Jarrett sacked Tom Brady on third down, setting up a comeback chance for the Falcons.

But Jarrett had been called for roughing the passer, sealing the game for the Buccaneers and fueling debate afterward: Was the play really roughing?

Jarrett had grabbed Brady around the waist, swinging both men to the turf. He didn’t drive Brady down or land on him with his body — both no-nos under the rulebook.

But the referee Jerome Boger said after the game that Jarrett had “unnecessarily” thrown Brady to the ground.

Source: The New York Times