Bernard Pollard paced the Ravens in tackles with eight, but the strong safety also drew some attention for an almost-costly penalty that he drew in the fourth quarter of the team’s 16-13 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers Sunday.
Quarterback Philip Rivers overthrew wide receiver Danario Alexander by several yards on first down-and-10 from the Ravens’ 47-yard line. But Pollard threw himself at Alexander, who appeared to be a step or two out of bounds, and an official flagged Pollard for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless player.
The penalty contributed to a 30-yard field goal by kicker Nick Novak that gave San Diego a 13-3 advantage with 7:51 left in the fourth quarter.
After the game, Pollard expressed frustration with the penalty, arguing that it was “a clean hit.” On Monday, Pollard got some support from coach John Harbaugh.