Jared Allen disputes 'terrible call' on costly penalty in Vikings loss
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings hurt themselves again and again with penalties in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but the player flagged for one of the most costly infractions strongly disputed the call after the game.
A personal foul on Vikings end Jared Allen -- one of 11 penalties officials walked off for 105 yards against the Vikings -- kept alive the Colts' opening drive of the second half, resulting in an Adam Vinatieri field goal that extended their lead to 20-6.
"I still don't think it's a penalty," Allen said. "They can say whatever they want."
Allen dived toward Andrew Luck's legs as the Colts' rookie quarterback stepped out of bounds on a scramble that came up well short of the marker on third-and-16.
When Allen made contact and Luck went down in the direction of the Colts' bench, the sideline erupted and the nearest official immediately threw the flag.
"I saw him, he's running, so I dove while he was still in bounds, and I didn't even hit him with my shoulder pads," Allen said. "I hit him with my arm. This is football, I thought. So, I didn't know we weren't allowed to hit quarterbacks with our arms. He went down or whatever. It wasn't like I carried him out of bounds.
"Literally, I hit him and he fell over there and I was over there and their sideline hyped it up. They got the penalty and I still think that was a terrible call."
Referee Donald King led the crew of replacement officials who are in their second week working regular-season games because the NFL's regular officials remain locked out in a labor dispute.
Allen's penalty came minutes after Andrew Sendejo was called for roughing punter Pat McAfee -- another call the Vikings disputed.
"The guys upstairs didn't think it was a 15-yarder," coach Leslie Frazier said, "but that's what it turned out to be."
Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams called both penalties "bogus" and echoed Allen that "the sideline made the personal foul on Jared, and then we got another call that kept the drive going, roughing the punter."
Either way, the volume of penalties was alarming one week after the Vikings were flagged just five times for 47 yards in an overtime win against Jacksonville.
The offensive line alone committed four, including a personal foul on rookie left tackle Matt Kalil for blindsiding a Colts player after the whistle. The defensive line took three penalties for offsides or encroachment, the last as Indianapolis drove for a winning field goal.
"We did some things (Sunday) that really hurt us, where we hurt ourselves," Frazier said. "We've got to figure it out. We've got to learn from it and not let it happen going forward. We really shot ourselves in the foot a few different times."