The controversial moment occurred after Jackson, in his first game back from suspension, unleashed what appeared to be a devastating helmet-to-helmet hit to Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs on Sunday Night Football.
Jackson’s booming tackle came just as Dobbs coughed up the football while trying to pick up a first down. The replay on the NBC broadcast sparked questions from eagle-eyed viewers on social media. To make matters worse, the decision not to flag Jackson for unnecessary roughness was openly contested by NBC rules analyst, and former official, Terry McAulay, who disagreed with the non-call.
Terry McAulay said on the NBC broadcast that Kareem Jackson should’ve been penalized for this hit on Josh Dobbs. pic.twitter.com/fP5TABQ8ha— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) November 20, 2023
Fans were quick to criticize Jackson for his hit:
Kareem Jackson has been fined, ejected and suspended this season for lowering his head and launching...— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) November 20, 2023
Guy's learned nothing.
This is dangerous to both himself and who he's targeting. pic.twitter.com/i9BtxEv8lF
The broadcast is saying it should have been a penalty on Kareem Jackson for the hit.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 20, 2023
If so, that's concerning for Kareem's future after the game.
Kareem Jackson literally can’t stop using his head as a weapon for tackles. Instead of a penalty, it forces a turnover. I mean … 😔 🤷🏻♀️— Arielle Orsuto (@ArielleOrsuto) November 20, 2023
Kareem Jackson never learns… that could’ve been a costly penalty.— Fantasy Fling (@FantasyFling) November 20, 2023
Kareem Jackson with yet another helmet to helmet hit. Should’ve been a penalty and cost us a turnover. I’m steadfast in my take he should be off the Broncos. https://t.co/O9tMkkHE7h— ben herbstreit’s #1 fan (@Nutts__) November 20, 2023