The Indianapolis Colts ended the Denver Broncos' hopes of an unbeaten season last night, and the AFC South franchise were helped late on by one of Denver's biggest start so far in 2015.
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib's eye-poke on Colts tight end Dwayne Allen saw Indy, faced with a third and seven at the two-minute warning, handed a crucial first down and the opportunity to run down the clock with the score at 27-24.
As you might expect, social media exploded once Talib's dirty play became clear with fans and analysts alike condemning the Pro-Bowl CB. Talib, however, was in no mood to apologize in comments made to the Denver Post.
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"You guys ever played football? You ever lost, at the end of the game? If you can remember back at how that feels, that's how I felt," explained the Broncos star.
"I was just mad, man, It was the heat of the moment. You think I play football to poke people in the eye? It was an honest mistake."
The incident, which can be seen below, certainly doesn't look like an 'honest mistake' as Talib appears to take aim at his opponent's right eye. According to the defensive star, though, it was all just a simple accident.
"From my angle, I see [Allen] head but Von [Miller] a little bit. I went over to poke his head, and I think my hand slipped and hit his face."
In the (apparently) innocent eyes of Talib, it is Allen who showed a lack of class in the final moments of Sunday night's game:
"He acted like he got in an 18-passenger car wreck. I guess that's what type of guy he is," said Talib on Allen's reaction to the eye-poke.
The 29-year-old, who also gave away another penalty in the closing stages, is showing no remorse for what many have seen as a play worthy of a suspension.
But, even if he is claiming innocence at how Allen got hurt, the fact that his unnecessary action cost the Broncos a shot at a comeback should mean he owes an apology to the Denver fans at least.
NFL fans: Should Talib be suspended for what he did? Have your say in the comments below...
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