Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was knocked out of Sunday's AFC championship game after a helmet-to-helmet hit delivered by Jaguars safety Barry Church. The play resulted in a 15-yard penalty against Jacksonville. This is the exact type of dangerous blow the NFL wants to remove from the sport.

It was a clear helmet-to-helmet hit, but was it necessary?

Well, allow Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to explain why Church's decision in real time isn't so easy.

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Sherman also seemed to take umbrage with a pass interference call on the same drive, a penalty that put the Patriots in the red zone and led to a touchdown just before halftime.

The Jaguars took a 14-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. Gronkowski was later ruled out for the game with a head injury.