Colts safety J.J. Wilcox likely knew more than a penalty was coming the moment he grabbed Sammy Watkins from behind.
The league fined Wilcox $20,054 for unnecessary roughness for his foul in last week’s divisional round game against the Chiefs.
It happened on the Chiefs’ first series.
Watkins caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes and was racing toward the end zone. Wilcox brought down Watkins with a horse collar tackle after a 34-yard gain. The half-the-distance-to-the-goal penalty set up the Chiefs at the 10, and Damien Williams scored on the next play.
The Chiefs never looked back on their way to a 31-13 victory that has them in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots on Sunday.