The NFL, unlike the NBA, does not penalize flopping.
But after the actions of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday, the league might have to start.
Surprise: Burfict and similarly hot-headed (but decidedly less dirty) wideout Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens got into something of a spat during their Week 12 matchup. When a rising Smith placed his helmet on the chest of the Bengals linebacker, Burfict reacted like he took a blow from Thor's very own Mjölnir to the midsection.
Thankfully, the crimes against acting and good officiating didn't pay: On fourth-and-30, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker connected on an important 52-yard field goal anyway.
Tucker blasted three more field goals of 57, 54, and 36 yards to lead Baltimore to a 19-14 victory.
The Ravens are 6-5 and tied atop the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals are 3-7-1.