Mike Evans of Tampa was ejected late against the Carolina Panthers. While probably deserved, it was a little off putting.
The Carolina Panthers clinched homefield advantage tonight. That is a storyline important in and of its self, but the game also told us something else we did not know. What does it take to get thrown out of a game? Well we found out.
This week it was Mike Evans matched up against Josh Norman and for another week a Norman matchup produced fireworks. Evans was pretty quiet on the game, and at halftime he had to be separated from a chirpy Norman.
Evans was not the focus of the Tampa comeback as they tried to make hay from the injury to Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman. That meant recent signee Robert McClain had to serve extra duty as they tried to pick on him. McClain would eventually collect a number of tackles and an interception.
During the time that they tested McClain, the Buccaneers did not forget Evans and they took some deep shots to test the coverage. However not too much was gained from that. With the Buccaneers threatening in the fourth quarter, but the game out of hand, they threw to Evans again.
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The ball was incomplete, but Evans must not have liked something about the play. Was it the coverage from Roman Harper? Was it the posing that Josh Norman did for the crowd after the break up? Was it something else about that play?
Whatever it was, Evans decided the official down there needed to hear about it. The official disagreed and threw a flag. At that point Evans just let the frustration flow, continuing to berate the ref. At this point he got tossed. He also drew a second flag from another referee before he left the field.
Evans wears number 13, the same number as Odell Beckham of the Giants. So what does it take for a young 1,000 yard receiver to get tossed from a game? Disrespecting the referees.
Turn yourself into a human cruise missile and you get to play. Say a naughty word to the referees and you are gone.
The Carolina Panthers will face the lowest surviving seed in the NFC playoffs two weeks from today.