Flock of Seahawks, Pats fined for Super Bowl scuffle


Super Bowl XLIX has offered up yet another bitter pill for Seattle to swallow.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that a pair of Seahawks defenders have drawn league-imposed fines for their part in a skirmish at the end of the team's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.

Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 and Michael Bennett was docked $8,268 for both unnecessarily striking opponents in the brawl that started when Patriots passer Tom Brady attempted to take a knee to close the game.

New England didn't escape punishment, either, with Rob Gronkowski absorbing a $8,268 charge for "haymakers," while fellow tight end Michael Hoomanawanui was fined $8,268 for unnecessarily striking the opponent.

The fracas was an ugly footnote on a classic showdown, but the fines sting more for a Seahawks team still wondering how the game slipped away.

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