(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer Jared Allen and the Minnesota Vikings had Andrew Luck on the run, forcing the Indianapolis rookie out of bounds to bring up fourth down in the third quarter with the Colts leading by 11 points.
This was an important moment, with the Vikings in need of a momentum shift. The punt never came because Allen was penalized for a late hit after tackling Luck on the sideline. The Colts kicked a field goal on that drive and eventually won 23-20.
On Sunday, Allen blamed a bad call by the official. By Wednesday, Allen came closer to acknowledging the mistake, which appeared to be a clear foul on television replays. But the sequence was another example of the challenge for pass rushers in this era of protected quarterbacks.