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49ers think they got a bad call on intentional grounding safety

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One of the pivotal plays in a game the 49ers would go on to lose in overtime came when quarterback Colin Kaepernick was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone, which by rule is a safety. But the 49ers think that safety was a bad call.

Kaepernick said after the game that he believes his pass reached the line of scrimmage, which would mean there would be no intentional grounding penalty. Referee Carl Cheffers, however, made the call in conjunction with the other officials, and they agreed that the ball didn’t get to the line of scrimmage.

He said it didn’t make it to the line of scrimmage,” Kaepernick said, via CSNBayArea.com. “I think it did.”

Many fans and members of the media agreed with Kaepernick, although Cheffers said after the game that he and his crew stood by the call.

“It was an intentional grounding,” Cheffers said. “The quarterback rolled out of the pocket and he needs one of two things: He either needs a receiver in the area or he needs to throw the ball beyond the line of scrimmage. The official on that side of the field came to me and reported that neither of those things took place. So we have intentional grounding. And because he threw the ball from the end zone, by rule, that penalty is enforced and the result of the enforcement is a safety, by rule.”

Cheffers also said he couldn’t have used instant replay to get another look.

“No aspect of that is reviewable,” Cheffers said. “The result of the play is not a scoring play, it’s a penalty enforcement that results in a score. There’s just no aspect of that play that, by rule, is challengeable.”

Whether the play was ruled correctly on the field or not, the NFL’s rule is dumb: If all scoring plays are supposed to be reviewable, and if the Rams scored two points on the play in question, why shouldn’t the referee be able to use instant replay to review whether those two points should have counted? The NFL would be wise to re-think that aspect of the instant replay rule, so that a review could be used to determine whether the ball really did reach the line of scrimmage.

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87 Responses to “49ers think they got a bad call on intentional grounding safety”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:17 PM

    Please. It was the right call. What about the eight or nine blatant calls that were wrong and benefited them?

  2. transam7816 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:17 PM

    A receiver doesn’t have to be in the area if the qb is outside the pocket. As long as it passes the los

  3. shlort says: Dec 2, 2012 7:20 PM

    The call was obviously right from the viewers point of view. I could understand the confusion if it were looked at from the players point of view.

    As horrible as the officials are, they do get most calls right. The glaring calls are the ones we see every week that are wrong.

    Anyway.. Right call.. Was a safety.

  4. kash71 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:22 PM

    You change to Kaepernick over Smith. Deal with it and quit crying.

  5. niners816 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:24 PM

    It was a bad call, but no one even knew that rule. But still we had our chances and stunk. Good job to the Rams, they out coached us. I thought going to Kaep was a bad idea from the start. He’s good and he’s our future, but he shouldn’t be starting this season. Harbaugh made a mistake and needs to fix it. I believe in the coaches but they should stick with Smith. Go Niners!

  6. spellingcops says: Dec 2, 2012 7:26 PM

    Why don’t they talk about how dumb that fake reverse play was?

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:29 PM

    It was the right call. Learn the rules. The ball did not get back to the line of scrimmage. The pass was made in the end zone, therefore making it a safety. And you can debate whether he was out of the pocket or not (he wasn’t), but the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage, so it doesn’t matter.

  8. samtheram says: Dec 2, 2012 7:30 PM

    The better team won today, get over it.

  9. 2difshoe says: Dec 2, 2012 7:31 PM

    Theonly bad call they got was when their coach changed QB’s.

  10. ern215 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:31 PM

    typical 49ers, always crying about something!

  11. fuglyflorio says: Dec 2, 2012 7:31 PM

    Every call against a Harbaugh coached team is … by definition … a bad call. His teams simply do not ever commit a penalty. It’s amazing.

  12. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 2, 2012 7:31 PM

    Excuses excuses. Must be a Harbaugh thing. His brother’s team has nothing but excuses when they lose too. I can’t wait to hear their excuses. losing to the Steelers starting a 3rd string QB. Ravens = most over-rated team in the league.

  13. realfann says: Dec 2, 2012 7:33 PM

    The idiot shouldn’t have been in the end zone to begin with and I’m a Niner fan. No complaints here.

  14. josh69530 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:33 PM

    If you think the call was correct than you’re an idiot. In those cases, the line of scrimmage extends out of bounds as Mike Pererria explained during the game. After replay, the ball clearly sails past the line of scrimmage. Bad call but the Niners should have been more aggressive throughout the game. I’m a huge niners fan, this game should have been one of the easier ones. Especially since the Rams didn’t have Amendola

  15. joey49er says: Dec 2, 2012 7:34 PM

    niner816 u really think smith is better than kap??
    what r u smokin ? im just glad harbaugh is our coach and not u……harbaugh made smith in to a half way decent qb! no team in the nfl wanted smith this offseason!!!

  16. bigblue5611 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:34 PM

    Kapernick stinks……keep dreaming if you think you’re beating the Giants in the playoffs with him at QB

  17. josh69530 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:35 PM

    Mr. Wright, you seem so sure of yourself yet did you even listen as they explained the rule during the game? It was a bad call

  18. macaracoon says: Dec 2, 2012 7:38 PM

    NFL should have 1 rep from each team and one NFL officiating rep in a replay booth seeing the game and replay footage, and if 2 of them vote to challenge any play, then it gets challenged.

    It’s stupid to say “This might be wrong but there’s a rule saying we can’t look at it”.. What’s the point of that rule?

    And why should coaches have to pay and be threatened with punishment to be essentially asking the refs to make sure they got the call right. It should be taken out of coaches hands.

  19. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 2, 2012 7:39 PM

    Even Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz
    thought that was the correct call!

  20. electionconfidential says: Dec 2, 2012 7:40 PM

    This is the whiniest team in the league… wait, I forgot the Saints, but still… pretty whiny.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:41 PM

    No, it wasn’t.

  22. coughlinsredcheeks says: Dec 2, 2012 7:41 PM

    What team ever thinks that a call that went against them is the right call?

  23. joey49er says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Niners 2nd best team in the nfc
    1st in our division
    and we did beat the hawks !!!!thank u very much

  24. schmitty2 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Wow, how quickly the Niner fans turn on Kap. Before this he was borderline God. The fact is he got exposed by a team that that is VERY underated on defense

  25. ninersallday49 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    @samtheram hahaha. yea cause recovering a fumble and scoring a td on it and being given 2 points by the zebras means ur the better team. maybe u can say the better team today technically.even how bad kap played they gave that game away at the end. keep saying that when u and ur team are watchin us in the playoffs.

  26. jrfrom508 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Wow. Another mind numbingly dumb rule by the nfl here totally impacting a game. I’m not a fan of either team, I could care less about them. But I am a fan of the game and logic, big fan of logic. This rule is illogical. Why does the nfl create rules that defy basic common sense?The point is to get it right. I didn’t see the play, I don’t know if the ball made it to the line if scrimmage or not but if a coach suspects it did, especially on a scoring play, it only makes sense to challenge/ or review it. Why is the league so afraid to get it right??!!

  27. fcoprado says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Oh,please stop whinning,40whiners,my team beat you fair and square,we stepped up when he had to make a play.

  28. mjkelly77 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    And all crybaby Hairbough would say is “Wahhhhhhhhhh!”.

  29. SparkyGump says: Dec 2, 2012 7:48 PM

    It looke like they broke out the annointing oil a bit too early for Kap. Now teams have some film on him and see what happens?

  30. nelszz says: Dec 2, 2012 7:51 PM

    well everyone says the falcons arent that good cause they barley beat the bad teams. but hey, at least they win them…..

  31. niners816 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:53 PM

    @joey,
    You sound like a typical hater/bandwagoner. I never said Smith was better, I said Harbaugh made a mistake. Alex should have never got benched. Kaep had all preseason to beat out Smith and didn’t. Kaep is our future but smith has experience.

  32. dirtydrew says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    Bad call. Replay made that clear. NFL officiating is been bad. They miss calls, make calls that don’t exist. And are way too willing to call a 15 yard helmet to helmet when they did not even hit. That 15 yarded killed the 49ers in the 4th qtr.

  33. mrgrant23 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    im a niners fan and i dont understand the 49er fans that want kaepernick to keep playing??? why??? because he can throw a ball fast and far??? lol seems like that doesnt work when the team figures you out! same thing happened to cam newton. but once you get figured out in the big leagues called the NFL!!! you are in trouble and running doesnt always work kaep!!! Been a niners fan always will be and seriously we need alex to start again! dont fix something that was never broken!!!!

  34. ilovefootball2525 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:58 PM

    Harbaugh thinks every call against him is a bad call. What a baby.

  35. cooklynn17 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:03 PM

    Bummer…

  36. stanleyfrankmusial says: Dec 2, 2012 8:04 PM

    ninersallday49 – “technically” the better team today? no technicality about it, my man; please take a look at the scoreboard.

    will the Rams be watching the playoffs from home? probably. will the 49ers make those playoffs? probably. but I daresay that after years of wandering in the desert, the Rams are ascending. if they could only get some offense, they WOULD make the postseason this year. still and all, a 4-0-1 division record is not too shabby.

  37. cubsin2049 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:12 PM

    Colin — You already have the job (for now). QUIT trying to kiss up to your coach and complain about calls.

    One whiner — Harbaugh — is enough.

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:14 PM

    Who cares? The 49ers are not winning any Super Bowl that they have to beat the Giants to reach.

  39. tincansailor981 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:14 PM

    Forty whiners

  40. kenstabler says: Dec 2, 2012 8:15 PM

    Quit whining, you could be a Raider fan right now. It was a really close call for a ref to make, I did not even know the rule that it could travel out of bounds to the line of scrimmage. Was close, but why did Kapernick run into the endzone, that was dumb, take the sack. I really love this kid though, he will learn.

  41. daknight93 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:16 PM

    the 40whiners cry about every call against them and it’s tired and old…get over it and move on to the next game…the game is over and there’s nothing that can be done about it..Rams win, next story.

  42. ripster65 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:17 PM

    One rule that really irks me is the “inadvertent whistle”. That rule basically amounts to something like “I, as a referee, have the power to end any play at any time by simply blowing my whistle if I see fit (or not, even)”. I’ve seen that stupid rule cause plenty of teams plenty of otherwise positive plays.

  43. niners4life says: Dec 2, 2012 8:17 PM

    The Rams got lucky by a bad call. The line of scrimmage extends to infinity. The ball passed the line, End of Story. But the Niners did not do enough to win the game. There are certain teams that should be designated as league punching bags and the Rams are one of those teams!!! No one wants to see the Rams win the Super Bowl. They are kinda like the Cleveland Browns. But I will give them their props but the fact is they will still be watching the Niners in the playoffs this year.

  44. ninersallday49 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:17 PM

    fellow niner fans just let the hams have there day. being that this is the highlight of there soon to be forgotten season.

  45. lionsdraftguy says: Dec 2, 2012 8:20 PM

    What else is new, the 49ers whining again.

    The 49ers are like the UofM Wolverines of the NFL…always have an excuse when they lose.

  46. oaktown49er says: Dec 2, 2012 8:20 PM

    Fox explained why the call was wrong. The line of scrimmage was the 17 yard line and it doesn’t matter if the ball goes out of bounds before reaching that. Either way the Rams played well. The Niners had their shot, when you drop an easy TD to go up by 12, when you don’t dive on a fumble, when you don’t stay in bounds when running out the clock, when you miss a field goal in OT. One of those mistakes can lose you a game. All 4, plus the blown safety call, you just can’t win like that. But it seems the 49ers can only win 2 in a row right now, they gotta get over that hump.

  47. sactown9er916 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:22 PM

    The pitchout was the worst call of the came considering where they were on the field and how they had been playing. The loss of Kendell Hunter and his ability to change the pace was painfully obvious. Greg Roman called a horrible game and the Rams played great defense today. Hats off to them.

  48. crazysamoan says: Dec 2, 2012 8:28 PM

    The Hams win today but they’ll be watching us in the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl. Number 6 on the way!!! Gotta love them haters. Lol!!!

  49. teal379 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:31 PM

    Harbaugh coached teams sure seem to whine a lot.

  50. kevpft says: Dec 2, 2012 8:33 PM

    Alex Smith, 2011: Beat the Rams twice, beat the (much tougher than this year) Saints in a hard-fought playoff game, reached the NFC championship game after a 13-3 season.

    Alex Smith, 2012: 6-2 record, extremely high passing accuracy, nearly set all-time record for game passing accuracy.

    Colin Kaepernick, 2012: Failed to beat the Rams on two separate occasions, beat a (much weaker than last year) Saints team thanks to his defense, has not accomplished anything else of note.

    And WHO is your starting QB, Jim Harbaugh?

  51. profootballwalk says: Dec 2, 2012 8:35 PM

    Pretty soon we’ll be watching Replay,with a little football thrown in every so often. Enough with the replay! No one expects perfection out of players – why should official rulings be perfect?

  52. jimmybmaryland says: Dec 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    It was a bad call. Mike Pereira said as much during the broadcast. The line of scrimmage extends out of bounds and on the replay the ball did reach it.

    Now that is not the reason the 49ers lost. Silly mistakes and bad play calling did more than that call did.

  53. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    It may have been borderline, but most calls that benefit the Niners haven’t been.
    If a safety is the difference in a game, you’ve done something wrong anyway.

    No more whining.

  54. jaccfrost says: Dec 2, 2012 8:41 PM

    I smell a trade involving Arizona, Philadelphia or some other sad sack quaterback having team for A. Smith…..ijs

  55. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 2, 2012 8:42 PM

    These jokes are imploding. They’ll get the 4th seed in the playoffs, and lose in the wildcard round.

  56. csilojohnson says: Dec 2, 2012 8:48 PM

    Smith would’ve won that game.

  57. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:50 PM

    49ers always whine whenever they don’t get their way. Even in some of their WINS they whine about calls.

  58. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:51 PM

    jimmybmaryland says: Dec 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    It was a bad call. Mike Pereira said as much during the broadcast. The line of scrimmage extends out of bounds and on the replay the ball did reach it.

    Now that is not the reason the 49ers lost. Silly mistakes and bad play calling did more than that call did.
    ————-
    Pereira is wrong 40% of the time. Citing him doesn’t make the call any less correct.

  59. fcrraptor720 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    Just deal with the loss and jump to the next week. That’s why I can’t stand the 49er fans , there sore losers. Just face it, smith couldn’t beat the niners in 75 and kapp couldn’t beat him In 74:40 sec. Sit down already all you niner fans

  60. sonoco says: Dec 2, 2012 8:56 PM

    An “L” is an “L”, and it will stay an “L”, but as Mike Pereria said during the game, when calling intentional grounding, the LOS extends out-of-bounds and the ball went about two yards past the LOS . . . out-of-bounds. But whatever . . . good win for the Rams.

  61. crazycane says: Dec 2, 2012 9:03 PM

    Hardbaugh complaining about something? Neverrrr

  62. bestcoast7 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:06 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 2, 2012 7:29 PM
    It was the right call. Learn the rules. The ball did not get back to the line of scrimmage. The pass was made in the end zone, therefore making it a safety. And you can debate whether he was out of the pocket or not (he wasn’t), but the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage, so it doesn’t matter.

    ————————————

    lots of arrogance from someone who apparently doesnt know the rules. this particular call was wrong and the explanation as to why has already been given. but since you are still hard headed over this…the ball only has to reach the LOS. it does not have to do so inside the boundaries. he could throw it in row 7 parallel to the first down marker and it would not be intentional grounding. the call was wrong, as are you.

  63. patsfan13 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:08 PM

    He won’t say anything, but I bet Alex Smith must be sitting home with a smug smile on his face.

  64. jimmybmaryland says: Dec 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    jimmybmaryland says: Dec 2, 2012 8:36 PM

    It was a bad call. Mike Pereira said as much during the broadcast. The line of scrimmage extends out of bounds and on the replay the ball did reach it.

    Now that is not the reason the 49ers lost. Silly mistakes and bad play calling did more than that call did.
    ————-
    Pereira is wrong 40% of the time. Citing him doesn’t make the call any less correct.

    ———-
    If you look at the replay you can clearly see it did cross the LOS. Kenny, Moose and Goose also agreed. If you have a beef with Pereira than that is your issue. It was one of many bad calls every weekend and that is a part of the game. But not even close to being the reason the 49ers lost. Be objective. Find the video and play it.

  65. jimmybmaryland says: Dec 2, 2012 9:15 PM

    fcrraptor720 says:
    Dec 2, 2012 8:56 PM
    Just deal with the loss and jump to the next week. That’s why I can’t stand the 49er fans , there sore losers. Just face it, smith couldn’t beat the niners in 75 and kapp couldn’t beat him In 74:40 sec. Sit down already all you niner fans

    ———
    This niner fan is not a sore loser. They lost and deserved to lose. This was not at all the reason they lost. There are bigger issues. This is just pointing out that the call was incorrect. Also incorrect is the NFL rule about not being able to challenge it. It was a scoring play like this article states.

  66. bills4 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:21 PM

    If you really think you are a Super Bowl team, blaming the refs for losing a game you should win is pretty lame. 1st round exit Niner fans. Lol!

  67. ninersallday49 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:24 PM

    @stanelyfrankmusial haha, good luck with that my man. bahaha.

  68. dopthunder49 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:33 PM

    KAEP>Alex it’s not even close!! Delanie Walker and David Akers lost this game.

  69. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Dec 2, 2012 9:55 PM

    Was the right call but makes me laugh hearing how many ppl hate on the 49ERS just because they came out of nowhere last year and tore through the competition. We’ll see what happens come playoffs with the Lombardi coming back to SF

  70. blabidibla says: Dec 2, 2012 10:00 PM

    Today the Niners lost any chance at a home game in the playoffs. Today harbaugh lost the locker room. Today Kaepernick proved he’s not ready.

    Don’t give a crap about the bad call. Kaepernick had no reason to run 20 yds back from scrimmage. You run forward or drop and accept the sack. Rookie mistake. That soft toss OVER Ginn’s head lost us the game – nothing else. He handed them the ball on the 1 yd line. Rookie mistake.

    Haters are going to hate, but Alex Smith would have won that game. If you don’t believe that you don’t know football.

  71. mmym1975 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:15 PM

    All good! defense gave up 6 points. Refs and kaep handed 8 to them. Nice job of rams d for keeping kaep guessing but he still put them in position to win..the same way they had Ws all of last season.. Akers injury is sorta holding the team back.

  72. crazysamoan says: Dec 2, 2012 10:41 PM

    @bills4

    Tell Jim Kelly to go win a Super Bowl first before you open your mouth.

  73. 808ninerfan says: Dec 3, 2012 1:00 AM

    Good game by both defenses rams deserved to win this game because our offense looked like crap he should have never dropped back into the endzone in the first place. We lost because we was out coached and Colin is to inexperienced to check down plays when rams had 9 players in the box. To much mistakes and dropped opportunities. We need to start quicker on the gas pedal and stop letting off in the 3rd quarter like we always do play the opponent not the clock. Loss is a loss deal with it learn from it and get back to work. #loyalfansdeserve6

  74. the1849ers says: Dec 3, 2012 2:21 AM

    terrible obvious non-call. horrible job by the refs. horrible.

  75. jibberator says: Dec 3, 2012 2:52 AM

    Ummmm yeah. On TV they played it in slowmo from a side angle, he definitely passed the LOS with that throw. By about 2 yards. Horribly officiated game for both teams TBH.

  76. theysone says: Dec 3, 2012 2:53 AM

    dopthunder49 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:33 PM

    KAEP>Alex it’s not even close!! Delanie Walker and David Akers lost this game.

    ___________________________________

    You’re blaming Akers, a guy who put 7 points on the board (and missed one 51 yarder in OT)?

    Why not blame the clown that handed the Rams 8 points?

    8 points > 3 points.

    Kaep lost the game. He only sustained a couple drives, and stalled every time in the redzone. The only offensive score was on a drive that Gore dominated.

    START SMITH.

  77. 49ersfan4life says: Dec 3, 2012 3:48 AM

    This game is on the coaching and playcalling. The pitch play near the endzone was a bad call. Running the ball before the missed field goal was also a bad call. If you truly believe in Kaep then let him throw the ball and get us either closer so it is a closer kick or keep driving for the TD. Kaep can throw now Harbaugh quit playing it so safe.

  78. niners165xsbchamps says: Dec 3, 2012 4:24 AM

    How Ironic!! A bunch of whiners whining about the the niners “whining!” Who’s really whining? Keep whining, WHINERS! Worry about your own teams.

  79. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2012 6:45 AM

    The Rams won fair and square, Harbaugh has to deal with it.

  80. dcpatriotniner says: Dec 3, 2012 6:49 AM

    Looked like the ball passes the line of scrimmage.
    Akers shoulld have maade field goals.
    Ginn should have fell on the ball.
    Niners should have did what the patriots did in england.
    Harbaugh is right with kaep. Look at how bad smith played against the vikings, giants and rams last year and this year. Give kaep a shot. Smith is too conservative and boring. Kaep is more entertaining, can do more and has more potential.

  81. briank1ne says: Dec 3, 2012 10:37 AM

    As a huuuuge 49ers fan This is what I have to say:
    Kaepernick has the skills to be a great quarterback. He has all the talent in the world. BUT. and this is a big BUT. He lacks experience and leadership and toughness. The kid looked like he was going to cry after he turned the ball over. I want the tough 2 dollar steak alex smith back. To me its just moronic to bench a quarterback who is doing as good as any quarterback in the league. It makes no sense. This is the year that the niners can win the superbowl. So why set themselves back with a 2nd year quarterback that is making rookie mistakes. Stop messing with our season harbs.

  82. billb49 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:01 PM

    Why are guys even arguing about the safety call. If you watched the game on Fox, you must have seen the network’s own former official’s take – he reviewed it and said the call was wrong. Period. As far as Kaepernick is concerned, he redeemed himself for his mistake with that 50 yard run and a perfectly thrown floater in the endzone that Delanie Walker somehow failed to catch. Walker HAS to make that catch – it couldn’t have been thrown better. Throw in a missed field goal to win the game FOR THE SECOND RAMS GAME IN A ROW and Rams win. Having said that, all props to the Rams. Their defense played real rough and they deserve the win. Niners need to win out or at least go 3-1 for their last four games and it’s all good.

  83. rjmoore12 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:13 PM

    How can the Whiners say anything, when about 6 or 7 of their “game plan” holds were not called?

  84. mightyquinn69 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:24 PM

    OMG! There were bad calls on both sides. How about the roughing the pass call in Robert Quinn? Show me where he hit the QB at all. He had the RT between he and the QB. The hit on Sam B. was the correct call. He! How about that 2nd CB. J.J. He is turning out to be the steal of the draft. Show me a rookie CB that’s playing better, or who has had a bigger impact.

  85. willy420 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:25 PM

    The intentional grounding rule states that when the quarterback is out of the pocket, it is not intentional grounding if he throws a forward pass that lands at or beyond the line of scrimmage, including when the ball lands out of bounds over the sideline.

    This ball was snapped from the 17-yard line and Kaepenick’s pass landed out of bounds somewhere near the 20. This should not have been a safety.

  86. willy420 says: Dec 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    niners will still win the superbowl end of story

  87. frankyvito says: Dec 4, 2012 9:07 AM

    The ball LANDED past the line of scrimmage, that’s the “rule.” Which is funny because I remember a game last yr when an official said a play wasn’t an IG because while the ball didn’t reach the los, it was “in the area” of the los. They don’t even know the rules themselves. The los extends past the field of play. Therefore, bad call. But not as bad as the decision to full sprint backwards 20 yds to throw it away. You bench conservative for daring, this happens.

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