Jackson: ‘Not sure what I did wrong’

Jackson: ‘Not sure what I did wrong’
September 29, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Kareem Jackson still isn’t sure what he did wrong.

Jackson stopped Doug Baldwin after a seven-yard gain on second down during the Seahawks’ game-winning drive in overtime on Sunday. The tackle would have made it third down near midfield.

But instead, Jackson was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for picking up Baldwin and slamming him to the ground. Four plays later, Steven Hauschka hit a 45-yard field goal to hand the Texans a 23-20 loss at Reliant Stadium.

“I’m not sure what I did wrong,” Jackson said at his locker following the game. “I really can’t comment on it to be honest with you. I don’t know what the foul was for. I don’t know what they want me to do. If I don’t tackle him, they score. Plain and simple. We’re in overtime. In that situation, you have to tackle.”

Had he ever heard a call for picking up a player and slamming him to the ground?

“A couple minutes ago when you just told me,” Jackson said. “It’s football, man. Turning this into a two-hand touch, flag game. So I don’t know. Like I said, I’m not sure what they want me to do. He called his call. Gotta go into the next one.”

Head coach Gary Kubiak said he didn’t see the play and the call on Jackson and would have to go back and look at it.

Jackson was recently fined $42,000 for a hit against the Titans in Week 2. It’s not the first time Jackson has been fined by the league for a hit.

“I don’t want to comment on the rules,” he said on Sunday. “If I say anything negative about the rules, I’ll have another FedEx package (fine). The rules are the rules. They make them and we have to abide by them. All you can do is go out and play. You don’t know what you get flagged for these days, so you just have to play and that’s what I intend to do week in and week out. I’m just playing ball. Whatever he calls, he has to live with it just like I have to live with it.”

The game shouldn’t have ever gotten to overtime. The Texans had a 17-point lead in the third quarter but let the Seahawks climb back in. Eventually, Matt Schaub threw an ill-advised interception that was returned for a touchdown to tie the game and force overtime.

The Texans are now 2-2 instead of 3-1 as they head to San Francisco to face a well-rested 49ers team next week.

“Very difficult,” Jackson said. “You give it your all out there and to come up short in overtime, man, those are the toughest losses. I’d rather the team run away with it than us give it our all and come down to the last plays and we come up short. It’s definitely difficult for us.”