Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his tackle of Bears QB Jay Cutler on this play. Official Ed Hochuli says that Suh’s forearm hit Cutler in the back of the head, but on the replay this is obviously not the case. Also since Cutler was beyond the line of scrimmage and was not in the act of sliding to the ground, he is basically treated like a running back, and can be tackled like a running back.
As I have said before, it looks more and more each week like the NFL officials are just throwing flags on any play were a QB or receiver takes a hard, painful looking hit, weather it really is an illegal hit or not. On this play Suh simply pushed Cutler down from behind which is obviously a perfectly legal form of tackling. Hochuli’s explanation of the call was even more ridiculous because he said Suh used his forearm, even though the replay clearly shows that Suh’s forearm never touches Cutlers helmet.