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Report: Ex-SMU star’s taunting penalty cost his NFL team a win. Guess who he blamed

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders 10) adjusts his helmet during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Denver. The Patriots won 41-16.

Emmanuel Sanders is unhappy.

Not about his stats. By Sunday’s end, the Denver Broncos wide receiver recorded seven catches, 112 receiving yards and one touchdown.

No, the former SMU Mustangs’ star was upset because his team lost, 23-20, to the Los Angeles Rams.

And he was even more upset about one specific play and what followed.

In the second quarter, Broncos quarterback Case Keenum drilled Sanders for what the receiver and his teammates thought was a 44-yard touchdown.

Unfortunately for Sanders, the officials flagged the wideout’s celebratory finger-wagging with a taunting penalty.

Normally, on a touchdown, the penalty would have been tacked-on to the ensuing kickoff.

But because it was a scoring play, the play went to the replay booth. Officials then determined that Sanders was actually down at the Rams’ 1-yard line.

So, instead of scoring a touchdown, the Broncos ended up with the ball at their opponent’s 16-yard line. Eventually, Denver settled for a field goal and missed out on the four points that would have been the difference in the game.

When Sanders spoke to reporters after the game, he took responsibility for his actions . But the receiver also had some choice words for the NFL.

“To me, honestly, I feel like the league is getting soft,’‘ Sanders told reporters. “I’m having fun. I didn’t do anything crazy to the guy besides say, ‘I got you on that play,’ pointing my finger at him. [The official] threw the flag, which is crazy because I feel like I’ve been in the league nine years and I’ve been pointing at guys, go back and look at my film, I’ve been pointing at guys all the time and saying, ‘I got you on that play.’

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