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Mike Pereira: Officials made mistake in skirmish in San Francisco

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We noted earlier that the second-quarter out-of-bounds tackle from Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted in offsetting penalties and a replay of third down. And on that replay of third down, the 49ers capitalized with a Kaepernick-to-Anquan Boldin 10-yard TD pass.

However, did the officials err in resetting the down to third down as opposed to giving the 49ers fourth down at the Green Bay six-yard-line?

Former NFL officiating executive and current Fox analyst Mike Pereira says that’s the case.

“QB #7 was short of the first down. Dead ball fouls offset. Should have been 4th and 2. Might have cost GB 4 points,” Pereira wrote on Twitter.

To review, the Niners faced a 3rd-and-6 from the Green Bay 10. Kaepernick gained just four yards on his scramble. If the down counted, the 49ers would have faced 4th-and-2 from the Green Bay 6, and the result well could have been a Niners field goal attempt.

Instead, the 49ers got another shot at third down — and they capitalized.

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46 Responses to “Mike Pereira: Officials made mistake in skirmish in San Francisco”
  1. someoneanswerthatphone says: Sep 8, 2013 6:27 PM

    What did I miss…when did the replacement refs come back?

  2. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    It was a stupid decision to decline the penalty anyway.

    Come on, McCarthy, you don’t give offenses more chances that close to the goal line.

  3. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    to TAKE the penalty…not decline.

  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    He’s right.

  5. sf49ers4 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    What about Matthews not getting ejected for punching Staley?!?!

  6. klumpofbrownsadness says: Sep 8, 2013 6:30 PM

    SF gets a gift of 4 points on this, and yet Harbaugh will likely whine about it tomorrow. Hopefully we can avoid another Super Bowl with him & his whiny brother.

  7. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 8, 2013 6:30 PM

    Yet you won’t see Harbaugh whining about that.

  8. mrsingh24 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:32 PM

    Harbaugh whines and whines and eventually gets something from the refs. Bunch of crap.

  9. thepvyharvin says: Sep 8, 2013 6:34 PM

    Only mistake made was allowing that PED munching, Cindy Brady frankentranny to stay in game!

  10. contra74 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:34 PM

    Great…something else for the packers to cry about.

    Break out the “worst call ever” shirts

  11. techvet says: Sep 8, 2013 6:34 PM

    Replacment refs only work Packers games.

  12. jhein23 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:36 PM

    What a shocker another call in a big game going against GB. Happened several times last year – Seahawks game had a whole final drive full of them.

  13. offthelows says: Sep 8, 2013 6:36 PM

    officials rob Packers again on the road vs NFC West.

  14. nevernudetobias says: Sep 8, 2013 6:37 PM

    Judgement mistakes made by officials once in a while I can understand. But there really isn’t an excuse for getting something in the rule book blantantly wrong.

  15. pastcoaches says: Sep 8, 2013 6:37 PM

    Pereira is an idiot. When he was head of officiating he wouldn’t accept criticism of officials. Now he gets paid for it. Total tool.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 8, 2013 6:40 PM

    On the field the officials said replay the down since it was off setting penalties. It seemed right to me.

    Can we please just do away with that Pereira second guessing calls once and for all? The ‘know it all’ is annoying and just gets everyone’s blood pressure up.

  17. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Sep 8, 2013 6:43 PM

    I thought it was a personal foul on the late hit, then offsetting dead ball fouls?

    The 3rd down was still wrong either way, but i thought there were 3 fouls called (two on green bay)

  18. jvw1982 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:46 PM

    thats what I seen sf49ers4

    sf49ers4 says:Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM

    What about Matthews not getting ejected for punching Staley?!?!

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    Of course they do, always benefit SF.

  20. hatesycophants says: Sep 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    We just don’t care what Mike Pereira has to say about anything.

  21. calmincali says: Sep 8, 2013 6:51 PM

    sf49ers4 says:
    Sep 8, 2013 6:29 PM
    What about Matthews not getting ejected for punching Staley?!?!
    ————————————-

    What about Boldin not getting ejected for punching Shields?

  22. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    It was BS. Dead ball foul does not go back in time to replay the previous play.

  23. The Shoeman says: Sep 8, 2013 7:04 PM

    Mike Pereira is ruining the NFL .

    Even worse than, the Free Agent Signings of Dan Snyder !

  24. onbucky96 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:27 PM

    Typical refs screw Packers. But McCarthy is to blame for not crying like Harbaugh would about the call.

  25. stairwayto7 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:47 PM

    Everyone cried they wanted “the real refs” back, YOU GOT THEM SO SHUT UP!

  26. killitandeatit says: Sep 8, 2013 7:51 PM

    Love all the ..other .. team’s fans whining! How sweet the tears of the defeated.

  27. chi01town says: Sep 8, 2013 7:54 PM

    THAT SCORE WASNT WRONG HA HA HA HA. HEY PACKERS FANS…
    YOU LOSE!!!

  28. albinorhino49 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:59 PM

    Wow! Boldin is a BOSS!

  29. bla bla bla says: Sep 8, 2013 8:00 PM

    Pack will still win the division… as usual.

  30. thepvyharvin says: Sep 8, 2013 8:01 PM

    Eat it Packer Nation….BAHAAAAAAAA

  31. pemory says: Sep 8, 2013 8:02 PM

    Why didn’t Coach Harbaugh complain about the bad refereeing today?!?? Hmmm….

  32. great113 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:03 PM

    Packer fans will just keep whining about every little call, that’s how the cheeseheads roll.

  33. imeanwhatisay says: Sep 8, 2013 8:06 PM

    this was a great gm but as a raven fan it was painful to watch bolden mk all them catches for the niners when he still should be with the ravens.I love Ozzie but a dumb move by the ravens

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:08 PM

    pemory says: Sep 8, 2013 8:02 PM

    Why didn’t Coach Harbaugh complain about the bad refereeing today?!?? Hmmm….

    ———————

    Because all the calls/non-calls benefited them?

  35. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 8, 2013 8:11 PM

    I have no dog in this fight; however, Mathews hit was part of the play. Whistle had not blown yet. Staley’s was after the play, refs made the right call.

    Pereira is and will continue to be a tool.

    If you want to blame anyone for the ensuing TD, blame the GB defense, this still allowed them to score.

    ..and who else is a tool? You got, it Harbaugh!

  36. trollaikman8 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:13 PM

    Ozzie lets Boldin walk for a 6th rd pick AND signs Flaccid to a $120 trillion dollar contract.

  37. lurch61 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:21 PM

    This is such a dumb discussion….why does every idiot here assume that the Niners would have gone for a FG with only 2 yds to gain a first down. DUHHHHHH they scored s TD on the next play…could have done that even if it was 4th down
    Besides the final score was 6 point difference so even if they had gone for a FG they still would have won. Everyone criticizes Harbaugh for “whining” but geez get over the jealousy will ya?

  38. calmincali says: Sep 8, 2013 8:39 PM

    dirtysouthironmen says:
    Sep 8, 2013 8:11 PM
    I have no dog in this fight; however, Mathews hit was part of the play. Whistle had not blown yet. Staley’s was after the play, refs made the right call.

    ——————————–

    Late hit out of bounds is, by definition, after the play. The whistle doesn’t matter, the play is over as soon as the runner goes out of bounds.

  39. tmb333 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:41 PM

    @dirtysouthironmen says: I have no dog in this fight; however, Mathews hit was part of the play. Whistle had not blown yet. Staley’s was after the play, refs made the right call.
    ————————————–

    When the whistle blew is irrelevant. The play was dead the instant the QB stepped out of bounds. The whistle is always late. All fouls were dead ball fouls after the play.

    The NFL should quit offsetting dead ball fouls and apply them in the order they occur. I was listening to the game on the radio and knew it should not be a replay of third down. They have replay officials, stop the game and get it right. Levy is a joke as a referee.

  40. alldonesmith says: Sep 8, 2013 9:13 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.

  41. Jason Thomas says: Sep 8, 2013 9:22 PM

    Maybe a goof on the part of the officials for allowing 3rd down to happen again, but I thought it was a goof to flag Staley in the first place. What did he do, exactly? Came to the defense of Colin, and then it seemed like Matthews gave him worse than Staley gave him… Also, if Matthews doesn’t hit Colin late, none of this happens anyway. If I were a GB fan, I’d look inward and be pissed at Matthews for going a little too far out of his way to put a lick on Colin, especially in the 2013 NFL where they do all they can to protect QBs.

  42. sry4partyr0ckin says: Sep 8, 2013 9:46 PM

    Even so, he got the td with boldin….it was just the mindset of 3rd down on the actual 4th. Doesn’t matter had sex

  43. darrelb says: Sep 8, 2013 11:03 PM

    What did staley do to get a penalty? Is it now a penalty when someone smacks you in the face twice?

  44. rythestunner says: Sep 9, 2013 10:51 AM

    It shouldn’t have mattered. If the refs hadn’t made the phantom personal foul call against the 49ers after Matthews punched Staley, it would’ve been 1st down anyway.

  45. rythestunner says: Sep 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    @lurch61 – I hate the Packers, but your logic is seriously flawed. Yes, it was a 6 point game. And if the 49ers hadn’t scored the touchdown and gotten a field goal instead, it would’ve been a 2 point game. That means that the Packers wouldn’t have HAD to have scored a touchdown on the final drive, they could’ve settled for a field goal, which they were nearly in range of when the game ended.

  46. getitcorrect says: Sep 9, 2013 9:24 PM

    Let’s finally get it correct. What Clay Matthews did, should have gotten him ejected. I watched 2 previous games and the refs ejected 2 guys for doing much less. As for offsetting penalties, after what Matthews did to Kaepernick, yes Staley took a punch at Matthews, and then Matthews took a punch at him. Those should be the offsetting penalties. The reality – 2 penalties for Green Bay, and one for the 49ers. That should give the Niners one to accept, and get the first down. The refs need to read and abide by the NFL rulebook.

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