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Ricardo Allen not happy with 1st quarter unnecessary roughness penalty

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The penalty was the result of a hit on T.Y. Hilton.

NFL: SEP 22 Falcons at Colts Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In talking to reporters following Atlanta’s Week 3 loss in Indianapolis, safety Ricardo Allen was not too pleased about a flag he picked up for hitting a defenseless receiver in the first quarter.

The play in question was a 26-yard reception by T.Y. Hilton on Indianapolis’ second drive of the game. Hilton made a nice adjustment and caught the ball at Atlanta’s 47-yard-line before he was hit by Allen, who was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty which tacked on 15 extra yards. The Colts ended up scoring a touchdown later in the drive to take a 10-0 lead.

It was an emotional game for the Falcons, who were flagged for 16 penalties throughout the afternoon and who lost star safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending Achilles injury. The frustration was evident, and it seems to have seeped into Allen’s Monday meeting with the media.

Here you will find the controversial play:

Is this an unnecessary roughness penalty? You be the judge.