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Bill Leavy admits officials messed up downs in 49ers-Packers game

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During Sunday’s 49ers-Packers game, there were offsetting penalties after Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of bounds at the end of a run.

Matthews was penalized and so was 49ers tackle Joe Staley, which should have led to fourth down for the Packers. The officials ordered a replay of third down, however, and the 49ers scored a touchdown on the third down that shouldn’t have been and won the game 34-28.

On Football Night in America, Mike Florio said that we might hear from the league acknowledging that a mistake had been made. Referee Bill Leavy has made just such an acknowledgement.

“On the play where the quarterback went out of bounds and was hit late out of bounds. And then there was a subsequent hit by a San Francisco player. The down should have counted,” Leavy said after the game in quotes provided by the 49ers. “The penalties were both dead ball, and they should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. And it would have been fourth down.”

There’s no way to know how the game plays out if the correct ruling had been made, but the fact that it came in the second quarter makes it a little easier to accept than if it had happened on the last play of the game.

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  1. packfntk says: Sep 8, 2013 8:42 PM

    Wouldn’t have changed much but you never know. Congrats 49er fans, I hope to see you in January.

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:42 PM

    Who cares. Staley’s retaliation wasn’t much of a retaliation at all. That penalty should have been all Matthews.

  3. msclemons67 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:42 PM

    The refs made up for the fact that it should have been two penalties and an ejection on Roid Matthews. He punched Staley in the face right in front of the ref. Staley’s retaliation got called.

  4. flamethrower101 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    And now Roger Goodell will fine this official for admitting his mistake. Because apparently that’s frowned upon in professional sports. Which is totally unprofessional. Which is a bit of a misnomer.

  5. calicokiller49 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    Did he explain why staley got flagged for getting his facemask grabbed, and pushed. That was such a blatant tackle out of bounds, and She- ra was even talking about all the hits he was gonna pu on kap. Kaepernick showed a lot of class and went up and gave she- ra a hug and some props after the game, I bet that really hurt his little ego.

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 8, 2013 8:43 PM

    You run the risk of getting jobbed when you take cheap shots. Out of bounds no less!

  7. niners816 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    How about when Matthews punched Staley? They penalized San Francisco for it so I don’t want to hear it. It was a good game and both teams looked pretty well. I wouldn’t be surprised if they meet again in January.

  8. jhein23 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    Honestly going into this game with what I was reading and hearing everywhere Packers have to feel good about how they looked today especially missing Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward. Easily could’ve been a W even with the turnover differential and huge difference in time of possession.

  9. taintedlombardis says: Sep 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    Packers get jobbed out West. It’s becoming a yearly tradition. Huge pushoff by Boldin on the 4th down catch as well. Refs decide games.

  10. tmb333 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    They should never miss the application of the rules when administering penalties. There is plenty of time to discuss the situation and apply the rules correctly. Every guy on that field should have known it was not a replay the down situation. All seven should be fined.

    I can excuse a missed judgment call on a close play but once the play is over and the administration is taking place, there should never be an error.

    The replay official should have buzzed the field and corrected a misapplication of the rules. If the league won’t permit that then it really doesn’t care about getting the call correct.

    This should cost everyone on the crew their game checks.

  11. mrbigass says: Sep 8, 2013 8:48 PM

    How do they miss something like that? All the ref’s on the field plus the guys in the booth and no one says, ” Hey, it’s fourth down! ”

  12. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 8:48 PM

    He also apologized for Adrian Peterson averaging negative yards after his first play. He wanted everyone to know that the refs should never let that happen.

  13. vincelombardisghost says: Sep 8, 2013 8:54 PM

    And the Packers get screwed again by the referees. It’s a conspiracy.

  14. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 8, 2013 8:54 PM

    This is the same guy that tossed, er, blew, Super Bowl XL.

    Why am I not surprised at his incompetence.

  15. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    Last year all the media guys would have been saying stuff like this was the worst and it was degrading the integrity of the game. Now that the union guys are back on the job, not much will be said except for an occasional piece about full-time status fixing these minor problems

  16. mitchlt3ski says: Sep 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    ^^what does that have to do with anything?

  17. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    Excuses!

  18. kingpel says: Sep 8, 2013 8:57 PM

    I don’t think it would have made a difference. The Niners moved the ball when they needed to.

  19. briwis7 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    Shame on coach McCarthy for not knowing the rule and pointing out the inaccuracy before they could get a another 3rd down play.

  20. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:55 PM

    Last year all the media guys would have been saying stuff like this was the worst and it was degrading the integrity of the game. Now that the union guys are back on the job, not much will be said except for an occasional piece about full-time status fixing these minor problems

    =============================

    This. These sainted officials are no better or worse than the replacements. If that call was made by the replacement refs, there would be outrage. The reaction tomorrow, by NFL shills (cough, Peter King, cough) will be. Oh well, they’re human too.

    If it was a firing offense for the replacement refs, that crew should be dismissed too.

  21. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    How is bill leavy allowed in any stadium after what he did to superbowl xl?

  22. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    @contra

    I, like you, should be a little more that except for that long TD, AD looked terrible.

  23. footballrulz says: Sep 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Pack still loses. Too easy for SF score. Pack looked better but still need improvement. Pack fan here.

  24. ninerrob52 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    Staley didn’t do anything to deserve the penalty. Universe evens itself out naturally

  25. sportnorcal says: Sep 8, 2013 9:01 PM

    Yeah sure, the Refs beat you GB…

    It was a heavyweight fight between two great teams. We won this one. See you in January.

  26. snowman36 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:02 PM

    Am I the only one who thought Clay Matthews ‘rock bottomed’ Kaep?

  27. gbpack50 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:04 PM

    Only 49er fans can win a game and still cry! See you losers in January.

  28. alldonesmith says: Sep 8, 2013 9:06 PM

    Clay Matthews should have been ejected from the game, and the 49ers should have had 1st and goal. Green Bay fans complaining about the officiating should look at the tape again – Staley does nothing but grab Matthews’ jersey and yell at him for a dirty cheap shot clearly designed to injure Kaepernick, and Matthews responds by punching him twice in the facemask.

    to the Packers fans who want some cheese with their whine, you got beat fair and square. if they played this game 10 times, 6 of them would have gone even worse for you than this one did. to the classy Packers fans who gave credit where it was due, good game and see you in the playoffs.

  29. boogymanoflamancha says: Sep 8, 2013 9:06 PM

    “the fact that it came in the second quarter makes it a little easier to accept than if it had happened on the last play of the game”.

    1st play, last play, doesn’t matter…it changed the game. and I’m not a Packers fan.

  30. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:07 PM

    gbpack50 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 9:04 PM
    Only 49er fans can win a game and still cry! See you losers in January.

    Are you buying a ticket to their game?

  31. gbpshareholder says: Sep 8, 2013 9:07 PM

    This is the 93rd Packer team…. come after our 13 SF!!!!!!!

  32. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2013 9:08 PM

    What a joke. NFL needs to fix itself.

  33. t8ertot says: Sep 8, 2013 9:08 PM

    Packers are always getting screwed over

  34. jrodd05 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:09 PM

    How is nobody pointing out that the play never should have happened? McCarthy should have declined the procedure penalty on the play before. It should have been 4th and 1 before Kaepernicks run out of bounds. But McCarthy gave them another 3rd down. 4th and 1 at that point they probably kick the field goal…

  35. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 8, 2013 9:11 PM

    *a little more “worried”

    Sheesh, I’m starting to type like Carl…

  36. vikeshave0titles says: Sep 8, 2013 9:12 PM

    So for the second year in a row the Packers get screwed out of home field because of the refs—yeah no biggie Mr. Levy. The NFL is a joke.

  37. mrlaloosh says: Sep 8, 2013 9:12 PM

    Bring back the replacements!

  38. judsonjr says: Sep 8, 2013 9:14 PM

    I am surprised Staley was flagged as he didn’t do much. However, Boldin punched Shields right in front of the ref and it didn’t get called, so I guess it evened out.

    Really McCarthy was the moron, as he could have had the Niners with 4th and a little more than a yard on the previous play, but took the penalty instead to make it 3rd and 6.

  39. broncobeta says: Sep 8, 2013 9:14 PM

    What actually happened between Matthews and Staley:

    1. Matthews hits Kap out of bounds.
    2. Staley gets pissed, grabs Matthews by the jersey.
    3. Matthews gets pissed, pushes Staley away by the face mask.
    4. Staley gets even more pissed and the scuffle begins.

    Staley started it. Matthews retaliated, stupidly.

  40. hitemhard215 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:19 PM

    Replacement refs last year …. regular refs this year…

    This is why you should never leave the game in the officials hands… either win big or lose bad…

    Either way packers had this game.. Finley bobbled interception and james jones 2 drop 3rd down…. either way thank god its only week 1

  41. jrodd05 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:19 PM

    @vikeshave0titles

    see 2 comments above you for the bigger problem

  42. Frazier28/7 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:19 PM

    Packers are dirty and brainwashed.

  43. onebucplace says: Sep 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    The hack union refs in New Jersey decided that since the Jets are awful the Bucs had to play flag football to make it close for TV. Unbelievable garbage calls all day topped by the refs stopping Geno from wasting a timeout just before the two minute warning even though Geno clearly was calling for one. So the refs forced the Bucs to play flag football and actually assisted the Jets. Awful garbage that you’d expect from this union trash. This is why the replacements were great, if they screwed up fire them. Union hacks keep their job no matter how worthless they are.

  44. scmems07 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:24 PM

    Who wants to bet brother Jim complains about this call? Oh wait, it went the niners way, never mind, he won’t say anything.

  45. pemory says: Sep 8, 2013 9:26 PM

    Refs. shirts=Niners alternate jersey

  46. dolphins1121 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:28 PM

    THE COMMERCIAL BREAKS ARE OUT OF CONTROL.

  47. joenash72 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:30 PM

    ….and Green Bay pulls ahead of Washington in the race for the crappiest fans…

  48. sixjak says: Sep 8, 2013 9:32 PM

    No doubt GB is much improved. Clay Mathew looks a little silly post game, though. Next time he should just keep his mouth shut and play. He easily could have been ejected for his sideline stupidity.

    Duh he’s going to try and get after the QB ? Really? Wow. That’s never been done before. Unfortunately out of bounds cheap shots donta

    It did seem like there were a few holding non calls on GB’s rookie T as well but kudos to SF for not putting the game into the ref’s hands.

    Kaep has an arm too. GB may have over prepared for the pass option. Boldin is incredible. Davis and Kaep have 0 chemistry issues.

    Green Bay should do well this year now that they’ve addressed a lot of the defensive issues and found a running game. Don’t feel bad GB fans, nobody runs that well on SF.

  49. kremis says: Sep 8, 2013 9:34 PM

    I didn’t know the NFL was still using replacement refs

  50. Deb says: Sep 8, 2013 9:35 PM

    Why is Bill Leavy still an official in the National Football League? He’s one of so many reasons it’s impossible to take seriously Goodell’s babblings about “the integrity of the shield.”

  51. sixjak says: Sep 8, 2013 9:36 PM

    ^don’t count.

  52. rvnmaniak says: Sep 8, 2013 9:38 PM

    The Stealers have a fake Lombardi thanks to this idiot. Oh yeah, he admitted that mistake too. Seahawk fans are still sick to their stomachs. Their team was superior and outplayed Pittsburgh completely.
    It was funny today, incidentally, watching the “great” Stealer fans boo their team at halftime of the FIRST game. Then they left in the 3rd qtr. when the game was still in reach. Yeah, great fans.

  53. htowntexan says: Sep 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    Two of the most obnoxious fan bases in the league. I wish they both could have lost.

  54. mj323 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    Lets pretend the refs didn’t make that mistake. The 49ers still win by 2. That wouldn’t have been an issue in the first place if McCarthy didn’t give the 49ers another shot. You know your defense sucks, why do you replay third down instead of taking 4th and a long 1?

    Blaming the refs is a cheap cop out. Did the refs make the Packers defense non-existent on third down (as always?). Did the refs decide to not double cover Anquan Boldin after he had 8 catches, and keep letting him open for the entire game? Did the refs blow the protection on the final play of the game, allowing 3 rushers to beat 5 blockers in under 3 seconds? The Packers play was better than in the playoffs, but it still wasn’t enough to beat a superior team.

    This is coming from a Packers fan as well. Not happy with the outcome, but the better team won today. Hopefully they’ll meet again in the playoffs! (Well, not really, hopefully someone else takes out the 49ers before the Packers have to go against them, since the 49ers have their number)

  55. dirtydrew says: Sep 8, 2013 9:45 PM

    That’s par for the course for Bill “the Blind Mouse” Leavy. The worst official since Luckett.

  56. jjh1982 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    joenash72 your an idiot, second when your playing full speed hits hard to stop your momentum, ya it was a late hit but everybody is blowing it out proportion, the two players found each other after the game and talked, people need to relax

  57. gdublud says: Sep 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    The call on replaying third down was wrong but the karma was right. There was two things that the league will take issue with when it comes to Clay Matthews. The obvious is the “Rock Bottom” he gave Kaepernick, the other issue most folks are missing is that he launched himself at Kaepernick and went for the head. I believe the league will take two actions on Matthews. First fine him $25k to $50k for the headshot and I believe he should be suspended at least 1 game for launching himself. If the league wants to maintain credibility about player safety, especially after the “fair settlement” than they need to send a statement to ALL players regardless of who is affected. I can guarantee you it wouldn’t matter who the defensive player is if that had happened to Tom Brady.

  58. rjl1680 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:52 PM

    The officials did mess up, many times. They messed up by not ejecting Matthews for the punch to Staley’s head and the grabbing of his facemask. They also messed up by not calling Matthews for taunting. I mean, after all they did call Bowman for it…

    Dirty Matthews got away with more than he was caught for, until he gets fined later this week by the league.

  59. bmue42 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:54 PM

    when has anyone ever been ejected for late hit ? stop trying to over protect your talented qb, if hes gonna run hes gonna get hit late, comes with territory. see you clowns in jan

  60. ruvelligwebuike says: Sep 8, 2013 9:55 PM

    After the long wait, today’s Niners win has proved that not much has changed since January.

    The Packers and the Niners are the cream of the NFC, with the edge going to SF right now. Results don’t lie. Kaepernick is just a flat out beast and despite adjustments, the Packers had no answer. A healthy Burnett and Hayward? Who knows, but one way or another it will get settled and the NFC will be well represented.

    Another thing that hasn’t changed is passive aggressive Minnesota Nice losers in a barren wasteland posting about a Packer loss after they got stomped in Detroit. You would think that would quiet them down. But you would be wrong. They simply don’t possess honor, loyalty, or integrity. They are the lowest form of life on Planet Earth and probably the Solar System. Although they did find amoeba like particles on Neptune once that they think might be simpler than a Minnesotan but not quite as disgusting and it did appear to have some value in it’s environment.

  61. Born: 1961 Titles seen: 0 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    Contra

    You need to stop man. have you seen our quarterback? We have no business talking about any other teams in the NFL .

  62. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:01 PM

    Deb says:
    Sep 8, 2013 9:35 PM
    Why is Bill Leavy still an official in the National Football League? He’s one of so many reasons it’s impossible to take seriously Goodell’s babblings about “the integrity of the shield.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    He makes some pretty dumb/controversial calls EVERYyear. He’s probably next up for the head referee job :/

  63. goldrush36 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:01 PM

    We can play the what ifs until we are blue in the face but two facts remain. The game was decided by more than 4 points and there is no way Crosby is kicking a 60 yd fieldgoal on the final play. The other fact is the 49ers twice converted on 4th down in the game. Nothing guarantees they kick it, or go for it and fail if the penalty is assessed correctly. Technically there should’ve been 2 flags on Matthews anyway

  64. briwis7 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:02 PM

    What does Greg Jennings sister think?

  65. stellarperformance says: Sep 8, 2013 10:03 PM

    Viking fans are the most obsessively childlike losers I have ever been forced to acknowledge.

    The 49ers know they earned a tough victory and also know they likely have not seen the last of the Packers this year. Congratulations to them.

    The Packers have got to stop turning the ball over. It’s that simple.

  66. richcranium2112 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:05 PM

    Whiners won. Pack didn’t play well enough to win.

  67. rjl1680 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:06 PM

    Kap outplayed Rodgers, on a good day for Rodgers, THAT is why the Packers lost the game.

  68. FinFan68 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:06 PM

    bmue42 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 9:54 PM
    when has anyone ever been ejected for late hit ? stop trying to over protect your talented qb, if hes gonna run hes gonna get hit late, comes with territory. see you clowns in jan
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Probably referring to the punch he threw when the scrum was starting. I think the ref was reaching for his flag (on retaliation) when that happened and didn’t see it. Either that or they flat out ignored it but he did throw a punch and that can get you tossed

  69. frk49rs says: Sep 8, 2013 10:16 PM

    OK stop with WE GOT SCREWED… Ill give you the TD back and you give us the FG. Is that cool?

    34-28 minus 7 for the td 27-28
    but ad the fg back 30-28
    you still lose sorry, but your math does not work.

  70. bearclaw69 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:18 PM

    Yes, thank God we have the real officials back, because they would NEVER make a mistake like this. Unions suck, and their people are NO better than the replacements were. They just feel like they always need more money than anyone else to do the exact same job.

  71. mp4pack says: Sep 8, 2013 10:22 PM

    Stupid play by Matthews, and questionable whether Staley should’ve been called at all, so I don’t sweat it. Never should have happened anyway, stupid decision by McCarthy to accept the penalty on the previous play. This is no fail mary, for sure.

  72. 93warchant says: Sep 8, 2013 10:30 PM

    Colin doesn’t need to be in the pistol formation for him to Kap you.

  73. matt24bucs says: Sep 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    I cannot believe that the NFL and MLB has not relented and let the play on the field of play dictate the outcome. Technology now allows for the correct call EVERYTIME, not just some of the time. Disgraceful.

  74. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 10:34 PM

    frk49rs says:
    Sep 8, 2013 10:16 PM
    OK stop with WE GOT SCREWED… Ill give you the TD back and you give us the FG. Is that cool?

    34-28 minus 7 for the td 27-28
    but ad the fg back 30-28
    you still lose sorry, but your math does not work.

    ——

    So they’re kicking for the field goal on the last play, then, right? instead of a hail mary?

    I’m not blaming the refs, but it did impact the game. How much we’ll never know.

  75. melissachambers says: Sep 8, 2013 10:37 PM

    Yes, Matthews shouldn’t have pulled that crap with the late hit. But to everyone who’s saying the Packers play “dirty” — really? Have you guys even seen the other 31 teams play? I am not happy with Clay right now by any means, but to generalize the Pack as always playing dirty is quite a stretch.

    And yeah, even my 2 year old nephew can count to 4. And if you really think the refs missing the 4th down wouldn’t have affected the outcome of this game, then you clearly can’t do math either.

  76. lurch61 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:38 PM

    mj323 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 9:45 PM
    Lets pretend the refs didn’t make that mistake. The 49ers still win by 2. That wouldn’t have been an issue in the first place if McCarthy didn’t give the 49ers another shot. You know your defense sucks, why do you replay third down instead of taking 4th and a long 1?

    Blaming the refs is a cheap cop out. Did the refs make the Packers defense non-existent on third down (as always?). Did the refs decide to not double cover Anquan Boldin after he had 8 catches, and keep letting him open for the entire game? Did the refs blow the protection on the final play of the game, allowing 3 rushers to beat 5 blockers in under 3 seconds? The Packers play was better than in the playoffs, but it still wasn’t enough to beat a superior team.

    This is coming from a Packers fan as well. Not happy with the outcome, but the better team won today. Hopefully they’ll meet again in the playoffs! (Well, not really, hopefully someone else takes out the 49ers before the Packers have to go against them, since the 49ers have their number)
    ————————————————————-
    Classiest comment posted today from either Packer or Niner fan. Kudos mj323 for having the right attitude and knowledge/
    Refs did NOT influence this game. It was niners day

  77. lurch61 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:42 PM

    ponderthedumpoffking says:

    So they’re kicking for the field goal on the last play, then, right? instead of a hail mary?
    ========================================
    werent they on like the 50 yard line for that last play? I don’t think a FG was possible.

  78. jimatmad says: Sep 8, 2013 10:49 PM

    The officials gave the 49ers four points minimum, and maybe seven. They gave the Niners another down.

    It’s not like it was even a judgement call. It was a total lack of awareness on how to apply the rule.

    Last year’s officials’ mistake cost the Packers a home playoff game. What will this one cost?

    This just sucks.

  79. realfootballfan says: Sep 8, 2013 10:50 PM

    Any Packer fan who isn’t admitting the obvious, that the 49ers are better than your team, is being delusional. Even if they messed up the downs, the Packers are a soft, finesse team that can’t match the intensity of the 49ers. That’s three straight, and if they keep playing like they are, it will continue for the forseeable future. They need to look in the mirror because they had no answers for Kaepernick and Boldin either, and Boldin isn’t exactly a spring chicken.

  80. johny101010 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:51 PM

    The rules and oficals are BS. How was Victor Cruz catch a TD but not CJ’s

  81. enork35 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:52 PM

    What killed the Pack was not being able to get of the field on 3rd down and the 5 three and outs. Not so much the blown call.

    See you in January Niners

  82. golforepar says: Sep 8, 2013 10:52 PM

    The refs were the 9ers MVP today. Personal fouls not called on the facemask in the 1st quarter and on Boldins cheap shot block after a play are 2 blatent missed calls! The refs letting the 9ers do a down over also is insane!! SAD GAME!!

  83. johngaltwho says: Sep 8, 2013 10:55 PM

    No doubt the 49ers were the better team but also no doubt that Rodgers is far better than Kapp and Mike McCarthy has far more integrity than Harbaugh. The superior play of the 49ers offensive line combined with a porous Packers secondary devoid of any leadership allowed Boldin to run free and Kapernick with all the time in the world to stare down his one and only receiver and throw in the vicinity. As for the rookie interception, he wont cheer so much when on film all it shows was that he got beat for a long reception which bounced off the receiver’s hands, knee and into his out of position arms.

  84. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 10:55 PM

    lurch61 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 10:42 PM
    ponderthedumpoffking says:

    So they’re kicking for the field goal on the last play, then, right? instead of a hail mary?
    ========================================
    werent they on like the 50 yard line for that last play? I don’t think a FG was possible.

    They were on the niners 40. It would have been a 57 yard attempt. Again, not saying it would have been made, not even saying the Packers would have won. I don’t do that. The niners won, but the play DID affect the game.

  85. uncletuna says: Sep 8, 2013 10:57 PM

    Refs blew it all around…

    Even Ed Hochuli got in on the action today…

  86. golforepar says: Sep 8, 2013 11:00 PM

    realfoot,
    IF they messed up? IF….. REALLY?? It’s 4th down!! Packers were -2 on turnovers, got hosed by the refs, played on the road, missed 2 starting DBs, started a rookie DB and lost by 6.
    Continue what??

  87. jimatmad says: Sep 8, 2013 11:00 PM

    I’m surprised the Packers didn’t catch the mistake at the time.

    It seemed wrong to me, and I don’t live and breathe this stuff like they do.

  88. jimatmad says: Sep 8, 2013 11:05 PM

    Off topic, but the Carrie Underwood version of the Sunday Night Football song sucks.

    Bring back Pink! Or Joan Jett. Or even Faith Hill (who at least didn’t suck).

  89. offthelows says: Sep 8, 2013 11:28 PM

    You never know the subsequent playcalls, but had this played out and the Niners got the FG instead of the TD, that last Niners drive they’d have been down 1 instead of up 3.. Because of that, they would have kicked the FG on that 4th and 1, giving the Packers much more time than the sub 1/2 minute they had to score what would have been a game winning FG, instead of needing a TD. So that was a gigantic missed call which could have playoff and home field advantage implications.

  90. thedudeabides422 says: Sep 8, 2013 11:40 PM

    How is Leavy not being investigated like Tim Donaghy? A referee who can’t get instant replay correct should instantly be under suspicion. Remember the Steelers/Seahawks Superbowl or the Giants/Packer playoff game. I guarantee Leavy’s getting large sums of $ deposited in an offshore account.

  91. realfootballfan says: Sep 8, 2013 11:51 PM

    golforepar,

    Like I siadsaid, keep telling yourself all that. You’ve gotten punched in the mouth 3straight times by this team physically. Btw, the last couple of times was in big, bad Lambeau. Furthermore, I’ve never heard of a Super Bowl aspiring team say “it was on the road, so it doesn’t count the same.” Are you kidding me? You should be embarrassed to even have said that.

    You had no answers for Kaepernick. You had no answers for a very old Boldin who doesn’t exactly “take the top off the defense” at receiver. You had no answers for freaking Kyle Williams when Kaepernick went his way.

    And for those saying, Kaepernick had all day to throw, that’s kind of the point, to out scheme your opponents so that happens. But keep blaming the refs, the fact that Kaepernick had wide open receivers, the fact that your defensive backfield continues to suck, the this, the that, and be happy with the fantasy football king of the regular season. The Packers need to work on their toughness because the 49ers did what they wanted at will today. At no time in that game did I feel, the 49ers are going to lose this game. They were in complete control, and the Packers were just trying to keep up.

    Take a page out of the Giants book because they out physical them. Problem is that is exactly what they did to your 15-1 team on the way to the Super Bowl, too. That soft stuff isn’t going to work unless you’re playing the Falcons in the playoffs, who we all know is everybody’s prison girl.

  92. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:02 AM

    it was a bad call in the first place to give offsetting penalties. clay took a massive dirtbag cheapshot and when kaeps boys came in to defend him clay initiated again and took a swing at staley.

  93. jayniner says: Sep 9, 2013 12:08 AM

    We’re perfectly OK with the refs missing this call…..it kinda makes up for the bulls*** missed call of Clay Mathews hitting Kaepernick late out of bounds.

    As a matter of fact Ref, I think you still owe us one more for that.

  94. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:08 AM

    if my guy pile drived the other team 8 yds out of bounds by the head, i wouldnt be looking for the refs to bale my team out. the only mistake the refs made was saying it was offsetting when all the foulplay was initiated by GB.

  95. axespray says: Sep 9, 2013 12:12 AM

    The Defense was doing alright, but the offense with the fumble/interception – no huddle, penalties whenever we broke a big run …

    We gassed out our own defense, time of possession.

    Jeremy Ross doing his best will blackmon – keep our offense inside our own 20 impersonation.

    This call was – non blah – we could’ve covered better or Clay could’ve been smarter and less “suh-ish” in that situation.

  96. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:12 AM

    niners could rattle off several bad calls favoring GB in our matchups including the cobb punt return where the refs picked up the obvious clipping flag. in the playoffs, jordy mugs brown on his int in the EZ and they call it defensive??? pi giving gb another shot to score.

  97. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:18 AM

    if anything clay should have been tossed, not an offsetting flag against sf.

  98. multiplemiggs says: Sep 9, 2013 12:38 AM

    the Jets articles stopped #madweird

  99. gldnbear49erfan says: Sep 9, 2013 12:45 AM

    Shee ra should have been ejected. Give him some time in the locker room to shave with his Mach 5 razor and practice his lion roar victory dance. That being said, way too much time left in the game to lay the loss on that call. I have a lot of respect for Rogers and Company. Don’t go messing it up with a lot of crying about nothing.

  100. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:52 AM

    there were definitely several missed calls, as usual, in this game from clay diving at kap’s knee after the pass to aldon getting held so badly his jersy front was on his back. Justin Smith also got held from behind his neck on Lacy’s score. Boldin had a little push of on 4th and the refs probably missed several more minor holds or quick mask grabs. this is football and they don’t catch every play.

    the thing that gets me though, is people are complaining about the down, when there was no way this should have been offsetting. a dirty shot trying to injury Kaepernick out of bounds and the niners get flagged for running over to warn Matthews about that play??

    lets be logical packer fans and niner haters. you’re really whining that the refs didn’t bail you out on a play that Clay is trying to end Colin’s season?

  101. bordner says: Sep 9, 2013 12:55 AM

    Settle down, Niner fans. Your vaunted defense didn’t look all that great, either. You’ve proven you have no answer for the Rams and Seadderall is going to trounce you twice. Enjoy your 1-0 while it lasts.

  102. hess97 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:04 AM

    the niners didn’t take swings after clay tried to end Kaep’s season out-of-bounds. Clay did take swings on Staley though.

    shouldn’t have been offsetting flags. plus Clay got away with taunting and diving at Kaep’s knee after the throw later in the game. so SF should have gotten first downs on those plays. we could go through the whole game and debate what plays should have been first downs or plays called back.

    the whining about that one call is ridiculous by the media and the fans.

  103. PacificNWMark says: Sep 9, 2013 1:10 AM

    THANK YOU

  104. PacificNWMark says: Sep 9, 2013 1:12 AM

    THANK YOU Bill Leavy for giving Green Bay something new to whine about.

  105. desertbro says: Sep 9, 2013 1:25 AM

    There are 5000 people along the sidelines on the field, cameras and microphones everywhere but in the jockstrap, and still mistakes are made.

    I’d like to see the sidelines cleared – get all those helpers out of there, get 3/4 of the camera men out of there, get rid of the flag wavers and t-shirt launchers except during half-time.

    ~ SIMPLIFY ~

    The sidelines look like a mardi gras parade nowadays. The refs have no room to work.

  106. markymark19692000 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:54 AM

    With Rodgers only playing 5 series all preseason, the rust showed. All the BS calls wouldn’t have mattered. I just hope that when the pack has sub par season I move up from 12, 255 on season ticket list of ovcr 100k list . I just might get to be season ticket holder yet….GO PACK GO!!!

  107. stillapackfan says: Sep 9, 2013 2:07 AM

    I can admit that mattews hit was late and out bounds, his comment about hitting lap was dumb,don’t say anything that might come back to haunt you or used as motivation against you and the miners was the better team today. It was still a good game and the packers showed a lot of improvements but it wasn’t enough. Maybe the next match will be the charm for us. Congrats miners and fans, hope we get another crack in the playoffs.

  108. hendeeze says: Sep 9, 2013 2:22 AM

    Before any fans whine about the outcome of the game, If Clay Matthews wouldn’t have speared an out of bounds runner, then none of this would have happened.

  109. binkystevens says: Sep 9, 2013 2:57 AM

    @contra

    Your team lost man–to the lions no less! Ease up on the hate. Long season ahead, but much much longer for a franchise without a QB.

  110. hooterdawg says: Sep 9, 2013 3:08 AM

    Why do many ppl assume that the 9ers would not have run a 4th down play that early in the game? 3rd down, 4th down, the play still resulted in a TD. McCarthy obviously was concerned that the 9ers would go for it on 4th down, which is the reason he accepted the previous penalty and pushed the 9ers back to 3rd and 6 when they would have faced 4th and 1 if he declined the penalty.

  111. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:07 AM

    LOL….was that the play where Joe Staley was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for absorbing Matthews’ closed fist to his helmet?

  112. coachbeck says: Sep 9, 2013 4:27 AM

    I thought it was all the replacement officials fault lol

    This crew should be fired.

  113. purevegas says: Sep 9, 2013 6:35 AM

    I think officiating crews should have to face consequences for blown calls change the course of time and outcomes of games.

    Ps. I am a Seahawks fan so I’m always weary of Bill Leavy’s officiating to begin with. I hold grudges.

  114. faultylogic29 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:54 AM

    There’s a lot that happened in the red zone there. I honestly didn’t think Staley deserved any penalty in the first place, and I’m a Packers fan. McCarthy made a huge mistake accepting that penalty beforehand. I still don’t know what he was thinking.

    Anyway, I’ve long since come to accept that the 49ers are on top of the NFC until the Packers can make some strides. Great game, and the Packers came pretty close to beating the 49ers in San Francisco. If Burnett and Hayward had been playing, we wouldn’t have been gashed constantly down the middle of the field, so who knows what happens then. I hope the teams meet again in the playoffs.

  115. mcqphx says: Sep 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    Should have double checked

  116. chrisco716 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    Retaliation? Staley just interposed himself between Mathews and Kaepernick. Rabid Mathews beat on Staley after late hitting and horsecollaring Kaepernick out of bounds. Retaliation penalty should never have been called on Staley. Mathews should have received double unsportsmanlike and should have been kicked out of the game after beating on Staley. These retaliation penalties ought to be reviewed by the refs. I assume the league will heavily fine Mathews. Staley did nothing wrong.

  117. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: Sep 9, 2013 9:55 AM

    Packers fans: “Overweight and undereducated since 1921″

  118. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 9, 2013 10:49 AM

    Huge Packer fan here…and this is nothing like the Fail Mary. REPLACEMENT refs 1) having no idea that a simultaneous catch had EVER happened, 2) getting the call wrong, and 3) the NFL doing the whole 2 + 2 = 5 thing afterwards is nothing like this. The final score would still have been 30-28. What…was Crosby going to come in and kick a 70 yard field goal? Come on. If the game comes down to one call hangs on a penalty and you come up short? You don’t deserve a win. It’s just one game and the Packers hung with the 49ers throughout. I’m more concerned about their inability to cover a possession receiver.

  119. tobis81 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    Look at all you little pathetic 49er fans trying to act as if you didn’t win the game because of a bad call. It’s beyond FKN comical to watch you trolls at work, especially after all you losers ranted about how the Hawks beat GB because of a bad call… Well, it looks like the only way you clowns can beat GB is when the refs give you an extra down that ends up leading to a TD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  120. tobis81 says: Sep 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    Go ahead, and try to justify it now…. And don’t forget to give my comments the “THUMBS DOWN”, hahaha! It makes it even more comical.

  121. jdhein22 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:27 PM

    The best part for me was that I was at the game (and am a Packers fan, who was wearing a CMIII jersey). And I was trying to explain to a dozen 49ers fans around me that the refs had blown the call and that because it was two dead ball fouls, it should have been offsetting penalties and 4th down, not a do-over. I was of course boo-ed and ridiculed. Nevertheless, I do feel a little vindicated.

  122. dxloat says: Sep 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    At the end of the day Clay’s lack of discipline cost the packers the game, the end.

  123. packfan1252 says: Sep 9, 2013 6:19 PM

    The real question is why did that play even happen?? WTF is McCarthy doing accepting a penalty when it would’ve been 4th and short!!!

  124. bigjimmie says: Sep 11, 2013 12:26 AM

    Oh please Mathews hit while illegal but it was not dirty. He launched himself while Kaepernick was just on the line and put his arm out as he went by. Staley ran all the way across the field and started shoving and grabbing Mathews way after the play. Neither of the events effected the play on the field anyway so the play should have been 4th down.

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