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Three Buffalo Bills players fined in AFC championship scuffle

Four penalties were issued after the play, but only the Buffalo players who were involved have been fined.

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The NFL has fined three members of the Buffalo Bills as a result of a scuffle that took place during the AFC championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday.

With the Bills trailing the Chiefs 38-21 late in the fourth quarter, Chiefs defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon got his hands on Bills quarterback Josh Allen and wouldn’t let go, running him back for an 18-yard sack. While the sack was credited to Kpassagnon, it was defensive end Alex Okafor who ultimately brought Allen to the ground.

Frustrated because the sack had put the Bills into fourth-and-28 — ruining the golden opportunity Buffalo had wrestled from the Chiefs by recovering an onside kick four plays before — Allen flicked the football towards Okafor’s head while both were on the ground. Okafor got to his feet and had words with Allen. That started a shoving match involving Okafor and Bills offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Dion Dawkins.

After a long discussion, the officiating crew decided to penalize Allen and Okafor for unsportsmanlike conduct, while flagging Feliciano and Dawkins for unnecessary roughness. The penalties all offset. The Bills kicked a 51-yard field goal with 3:19 remaining, locking in the Chiefs’ 38-24 victory.

Some Chiefs fans were puzzled why a single penalty on a Kansas City player and three on Buffalo players would offset — especially since the two Buffalo offensive linemen had initiated contact with Okafor.

Apparently the NFL now agrees. According to reports from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, all three Bills players have been fined for their roles in the incident.

Allen drew a $15,000 fine for instigating the scuffle, while Feliciano and Dawkins were each fined $10,000 for inserting themselves into the situation.