Dolphins roughing penalty: NFL world reacts to controversial call against Jaelan Phillips vs. Chargers

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The officials in the Chargers-Dolphins game on Sunday night might want a mulligan on a roughing the passer penalty that was called against Miami pass rusher Jaelan Phillips following a sack of Justin Herbert. The play in question came on a third-and-9 situation at the LA 18-yard line in the third quarter. Phillips was able to get to Herbert and take him to the ground for the sack.

While Phillips did fall on top of Herbert (likely what drew the penalty from the official), it did seem like he tried to cushion his descent and could even be seen putting his arms to the side to further show that he wasn’t driving the player into the turf. Nevertheless, it drew yellow laundry.

Fortunately for the Dolphins, the Chargers were unable to put up points following that penalty as the defense forced a punt a few plays later. However, it did cost Miami a chunk of field position and did chew an additional 2:10 off the clock in a game where they were trailing by double digits.

Naturally, this penalty drew the ire of many people across social media, including some high-profile figures across the NFL. Here are some of the most notable reactions to what is being viewed as an extremely soft call on Phillips.

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