Five days later, Charles Tillman's rough night in the Metrodome got rougher.
The NFL came down on Tillman, announcing he has been fined $7,500 for his horse-collar tackle of ex-Bear Bernard Berrian in the game. That play came after Berrian singed Tillman for a 99-yard touchdown, tying a league record.
"[Horse-collar tackles] are costly,'' Tillman said. "It wasn't intentional. I don't think it was a dirty play or anything. I don't know. It's just reaction. I reached out that was the only thing I grabbed."
It's the second time Tillman has been fined this season. He was docked $5,000 for his role in a skirmish that led to a rally and victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September. Tillman was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle of Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson last season at the end of a 71-yard reception. Repeat violators of the rule are subject to more severe punishment. Dallas safety Roy Williams, whose dirty play led to the rule being put in place, was suspended without pay for one game for multiple horse-collar infractions.
Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was also zapped $7,500 for his horse collar tackle of Vikings cornerback Benny Sapp at the end of an interception return in the fourth quarter.
Benny Sapp was fined $5,000 himself for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received for striking Rashied Davis in the head. The 15-yard penalty was of little use to the Bears as they couldn't capitalize after reaching the Vikings' one-yard line.
Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye will not have to call the florist. He said he was going to send Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte flowers if he was fined. The Bears felt Frerotte flopped after a play when Ogunleye made only slight contact with him. Frerotte went limp, face down on the field but the officials called no penalty on the play. Apparently, the league agreed as Ogunleye was not fined.
According to our good friend up at the Minneapolis Star-Triubune Chip Scoggins (we used to battle from time to time in Sega football back in college), Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was also fined $10,000 for using the football as a prop after one of his three sacks.
That means Allen has been fined $15,000 for playing the Bears this season. He got $5,000 for jumping on a pile late in the first meeting, and he's been fined a whopping total of $90,000 on the season. Much more and he'll be able to pay for half of a rookie's salary in fines alone.