The NFL has announced the fines for the Bengals vs Steelers Wild Card matchup and many players and coaches will be donating money to charity with a total of $83,665 in fines being announced.
Domata Peko and Wallace Gilberry were fined $8,681 each for unnecessary roughness. Adam Jones was fined $28,940 for unsportsmanlike conduct and making contact with a game official. Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster was fined $17,363 for unnecessary roughness and Steelers coaches Joey Porter and Mike Munchak were each fined $10,000 for their actions in the game, all according to Ian Rapoport.
Foster's fine was for a leg whip. Gilberry was fined for his actions at the end of the game when Porter was on the field. Peko's fine came because he stepped onto the field with a jacket on and pushed a Steelers player. The Bengals received a 15-yard penalty for the action.
Everyone knew when the Bengals were set to host the Steelers in the Wild Card round of this year's NFL Playoffs, "intense" wouldn't aptly describe the atmosphere. Cincinnati lost in heartbreaking fashion, with the physical play, injuries, penalties and overall officiating being the major storylines of the contest.
In an odd, yet somewhat-expected move, the NFL already acted on Vontaze Burfict's actions in the game, suspending him three games less than 48 hours after the game's ending. Burfict is appealing the ruling, given the lack of precedence for the sentence on the issues raised in the suspension.
Though Burfict's play overshadowed most other issues from players in the game, many others are facing repercussions from the league.
There has been talk of Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier not getting penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, which gave Bernard a concussion. Shazier told the media earlier in the week that he hadn't been notified of a fine and that proclamation proved true, at least so far. It's unclear if more fines will be announced from the game.
Porter's fine is due to illegally being on the field and instigating Bengals players after Antonio Brown was injured. His fellow coaching comrade, Munchak, received a fine for pulling the hair of Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson on the sideline after a play. Depending on who you ask, these fines are not severe enough for either Steelers coach.
It's safe to say the league will be keeping a close watch on the games between these two squads over the next couple of years as the rivalry has heated up. The last time the teams played in Week 14 of the regular season, the teams combined for $145,000 worth of fines.