Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict believes NFL referees have it out for him. Burfict, who was just fined more than $70,000 for his actions during the Bengals vs Steelers game in Week 14, was flagged multiple times on Monday night. The most costly flag was for unnecessary roughness on the Broncos' overtime field goal drive. Following an 8-yard completion from Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to tight end Virgil Green, Burfict tried to force the ball out of Green's hands but was unsuccessful as Green fell out of bounds, and the officials threw a flag.
"They threw the flag actually late," Burfict said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Once the dude flopped the ref looked at me and seen it was my number and then threw the flag. I can't control that, just keep playing football. The refs, obviously they have it out for me, but they can't call a bull--- flag like that at the end of the game. He looked at my number and then threw it."
Per the Enquirer, Burfict said he asked referee Ed Hochuli why the flag was thrown and that he didn't believe a whistle had been blown, but was told the other official deemed the hit late.
The flag gave Denver a first down on the Bengals’ 41 yard line, leading to a field goal nine plays later, which proved to be enough for the Broncos to win the game.
"They can't do that at the end of the game, you know what I mean?" Burfict said. "Because if it was somebody else they wouldn't have called it. But that's alright."
Defensive end Carlos Dunlap backed up Burfict after the game. "They were fighting on the side, fighting trying to get the ball out," Dunlap said via the Enquirer. "He was still in bounds. He was trying to pull it away from him. And then once 'Tez realized the ball went out of bounds, he let go, and the guy threw his hands up. You see five-five and nine times out of 10 you're going edge on the other side of it."
Here's what Marvin Lewis had to say about the penalty after the game.
Full answer from Marvin Lewis on Vontaze Burfict penalty pic.twitter.com/ObD8Z1jT0i— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) December 29, 2015