San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson was fined $21,000 for his hit on Aaron Hernandez on Sunday Night Football.
The Niners' hawking, big-hitter made an impact by converting a fourth-down on a fake punt, as well as returning a fumble all the way inside the Patriots' red-zone. One of his big plays turned sour in the third quarter when a pass breakup was called for unnecessary roughness.
Goldson laid the wood on tight end Aaron Hernandez, which drew a flag, claiming No. 81 was a defenseless receiver. This week, the league fined Goldson for the booming hit, claiming it was his third infraction of the 2012 season.
"What is a man to do. It's Xmas," Goldson said on Twitter.
Goldson has become notorious for his high-impact blows. He has established a presence in the Niners secondary, which has opposing receivers hearing footsteps. A lot of guys are cautious to come around his neighborhood knowing they could get lit up at any time.
The intimidation factor is a big part of San Francisco's defensive prowess.