The blood feud between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers goes back to the early 1970s, but with all the stuff that happened between Madden's gang and the Steel Curtain, we never saw a quarterback get a shot to the chops after a play was over.
Apparently, Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour(notes) felt that it was time to up the ante, and did so right after Ben Roethlisberger(notes) threw a 22-yard strike to Emmanuel Sanders(notes) with 1:23 left in the first half. Roethlisberger said something to Seymour after the play, which was kind of jerky, but that should not have inspired what Seymour did next:
You can see Seymour's open-hand strike to Roethlisberger's face, and Big Ben going down quick. The refs initially called the ejection on Tommy Kelly(notes) (jersey number 93, which Seymour wore during his days with the New England Patriots), but eventually, they got it figured out. One thing we know for sure - with the league cracking down at the slightest hint of quarterback contact during live play, an act like this could cost Seymour into six figures and may even cost him additional games. Seymour's a potential future Hall-of-Famer, but that was a dumb thing to do - no matter what Roethlisberger said.
Not that Seymour's presence mattered much; the Steelers beat the daylights out of the Raiders by the score of 35-3. The win keeps Pittsburgh at the top of the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens, and the 5-5 Raiders need to regroup before their playoff hype starts slipping away.
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