The Browns were trying to keep the Bengals from adding to a seven-point lead on a third down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton tried a deep pass to wide receiver Josh Malone.

Malone was trying to catch the pass one-handed — cornerback Jamar Taylor had a good grip of Malone’s other arm — when he was drilled by Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, who dislodged the ball and drew a penalty flag in short order. Peppers was called for a hit to the head/neck of a defenseless receiver, which gave the Bengals a first down on their way to a Joe Mixon touchdown and a 30-16 final score.

There was contact with Malone’s helmet on the hit, but Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the game that he thought it was the result of a clean hit by Peppers.