Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald got into a scuffle in the third quarter of their matchup Sunday as tensions between the teams boiled over.
The incident began with Freeman going after Donald following an interception from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Donald responded by grabbing Freeman’s jersey, appearing to lift him in the air.
In a bid to stop the brawl from getting worse, an official got involved, tackling Freeman.
Freeman was ejected after the altercation for throwing a punch at Donald.
But the spat between the players sparked a wider brawl in which players from both teams started pushing and shoving.
Donald and Falcons defensive lineman Takk McKinley were flagged for unnecessary roughness during the fracas.
It wasn’t clear why the 5-foot-8, 206-pound Freeman wanted to fight the 6-foot-1, 280-pound Donald.
Los Angeles picked up the win in blowout fashion, 37-10. Donald recorded one sack and one tackle for a loss and Rams quarterback Jared Goff had three touchdowns in the game.
Freeman had 19 rushing yards on seven carries and two catches for six yards for the Falcons.
Referee Terry McAulay (77) breaks up an altercation between Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
The Rams move to 4-3 with the win while the Falcons drop to 1-6.