The NFL’s version of the targeting rule came out in full force in Sunday’s game between the division-rival Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.


Starting for the injured Keanu Neal, second-year Falcons safety Damontae Kazee laid this incredibly dirty hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

There’s nothing good about this at all. Newton had given himself up, at which point Kazee decided to go head first in tackling the former NFL MVP. This is precisely why the league put its current rules into place — to protect the quarterbacks.

Kazee was in fact ejected from the game. It led to some pretty big reactions on the Twitterverse.