Referee Jerome Boger said Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett "unnecessarily" threw Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to the ground as part of his explanation for the roughing the passer call on a key third down late in the Buccaneers' win Sunday.

The Falcons were down by six with 3 minutes, 3 seconds to play when they appeared to stop the Buccaneers at midfield on Jarrett's third-down sack of Brady

but Boger threw a flag, allowing the drive to continue and for Tampa Bay to run out the clock in their 21-15 win.

Jarrett had wrapped Brady up and then rolled to the ground, bringing the quarterback along with him.

"What I had was the protector snatched the quarterback while he was still in the pocket and superfluously tossing him to the ground," 

Boger said in a postgame pool report. "That is the very thing that I was going with my choice in light of."

Boger said, "Actually no, not really," when inquired as to whether he was told to look for takedowns of quarterbacks like Jarrett's on Brady following the injury to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recently.

The roughing the passer was one of six punishments against Atlanta on Sunday for 55 yards. Tampa Inlet was hailed multiple times for 45 yards.

Bowles said there was a comprehension, with the consideration on association security, about how the game may be called.

"Association wellbeing is at an unsurpassed high, as it ought to be," Bowles said. "Anything close - - we comprehend going into the ballgame, they will call it."