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Ahmad Brooks wins appeal on Drew Brees hit

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Even though the NFL said the call on the field was the “absolutely correct call,”  it’s at least a free one.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks won his appeal of his $15,750 fine for hitting Saints quarterback Drew Brees a month ago.

Brooks appealed his fine to league appeals officer Matt Birk, who overturned it on review.

Brooks was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play, eliminating a sack-fumble. The 49ers were leading by a field goal at the time, but the Saints tied the game on the continued possession and went on to win on a last-second field goal.

That result would make a significant difference in the playoff picture, as the 49ers are a game behind the Seahawks for the NFC West title heading into the final week.

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52 Responses to “Ahmad Brooks wins appeal on Drew Brees hit”
  1. meatcarroll says: Dec 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    Oh please. Every team could whine about “what-if” scenarios if it weren’t for officiating errors, but who’s got better at being an immature whiner than Jim Harbaugh? Nobody!

    Remember, this is the same tool who said Ahmad Bradshaw’s nonfumble in the 2011 NFCCG was a call “worse than the tuck rule.”

  2. radar8 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:30 PM

    The Forty Niners will do fine on the road. IT was a bad call, but that’s the way things go. If a team wants to win, they have to get a good lead so that bad luck/calls don’t make that difference.

  3. ninerrob52 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:32 PM

    The NFL seems to prop the Seahawks up by a game every season.

  4. 4d9erdynasty says: Dec 27, 2013 5:34 PM

    I know the niners had a chance to win that game and 3 others but that play and that game more than likely will cost the niners the division and a 1st round bye and possibly the 1st seed in the NFC. Funny to see other QBs get popped even worse and not see a flag all season. I knew that game would be huge come end of season.

  5. aljack88 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:35 PM

    there’s some justice, at least for Brooks. Too bad the outcome of that game was so influenced by one of the worst calls this season.

  6. 5to46hawkfan says: Dec 27, 2013 5:38 PM

    Guess their insistent whining paid off …

  7. Mitch Cumstein says: Dec 27, 2013 5:42 PM

    Good. That call and fine were utter bs.

  8. Dave61548 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:49 PM

    This article assumes the niners would have won the game if this call didn’t happen. That’s a stretch, since the Saints still went down and kicked a tying field goal after the penalty, then stopped the niner offense, then drove down the field to kick another field goal.

    And for those that will surely come on here and claim this is proof that it was a bad call, that is incorrect. The call was the correct one – while the initial contact was not on the helmet, if you watch a full replay (not one that stops at initial contact) you can see Brooks’ arm slide up and almost rip Brees’ helmet off. The fine was most likely rescinded since it was not intentional (just like Brees said after the game).

  9. hess97 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:56 PM

    The concequence of SF being 5 seed instead of 1 because of that penalty, is much greater than any fine. Niners have been f—ed three strIght seasons. Fu nfl.

  10. bigbrad184 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:58 PM

    A game behind and also holding the tie-breaker which means the Niners would be the presumptive #1 seed had that call not been made. I just don’t see how any ref makes that kind of ticky tack call with the game on the line. At some point you just gotta swallow the whistle and let the guys play (see: 4th and goal in the Super Bowl).

  11. calicokiller49 says: Dec 27, 2013 5:59 PM

    Shocker!

  12. jnovi86 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:02 PM

    It was a clean hit and this goes to show that the league agrees. Niners should have won that game.

  13. southpaw79 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:03 PM

    Yup. The NFL now confirms it was a bad call. A bad call that is effecting the standings. That being said, I am sure there were bad calls that effected a Seahawk loss and a Arizona loss at some point so I guess it all evens out in the end.

  14. sisqsage says: Dec 27, 2013 6:03 PM

    The NFL has ABSOLUTELY turned into a pansy league where defenders like Brooks are disrespected for making a great play. The damage has already been done. That game should have been over the second Willis got the fumble caused by Brooks’ ABSOLUTELY great play. But the Aints were given the game and now the Niners are going to have to win three road playoff games to get back to the SB.

  15. madroaddog says: Dec 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    The forty niners are a dirty team, they have become what the Oakland Raiders were to the sixties.

  16. baltimoresnativeson says: Dec 27, 2013 6:10 PM

    Wasn’t helmet to helmef, spearing with the crown, a blow to the knee, or driving to the ground. I don’t understand the penalty.

  17. legionofboom88 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:13 PM

    Cue the whining by 9ers fans… NOW!

  18. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:15 PM

    Niners must overcome bad officiating to win now…this horrible call and even more so, the bogus non- calls in the SuperBowl

  19. notmrknowitall says: Dec 27, 2013 6:18 PM

    A bad call from the get go, the league trying to make the call look good with the fine, and now comes the egg on their face…..again. Niners got hosed, should never have been a penalty and they probably should have won that game. time and time again this crap happens in this extremely poorly officiated league. Brutal.

  20. thegreatsantini56 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:19 PM

    Panthers fan here. Thank God! That sack wasn’t remotely close to an illegal hit. But that call did cost San Fran a win. It is amazing to me that a defensive player can do anything to stop the worst offense. I’m not hating on Drew, but I really hate to see a player atomically jumping up and crying for a foul; it is like a basketball player flopping. The ref’s are acting on the side of caution since the huge concussion settlement. REVIEW it!

    OBTW: If had been Cam I would say the same.

  21. td33simplythebest says: Dec 27, 2013 6:19 PM

    It was a bogus call to begin with. Niners should have won the game because Brees fumbled the ball on the legal hit. Refs are starting to determine outcomes of games and not the players. The ref should have received a fine for the horrible call.

  22. mrlaloosh says: Dec 27, 2013 6:21 PM

    Shouldn’t have been fined. The flag was legit. He did rough the passer. But not enough for that stupid fine.

  23. rkab22 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:26 PM

    The NFL had to say it’s the right call just as they had to fine Brooks to protect the game. But a referee, whose line of vision was blocked on the play threw a bad flag and may have cost a team a division title and the top seed in the NFC. Fix the game Goodell. The NFL is becoming sports entertainment.

  24. davester37 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:33 PM

    Man, this just frosts me. If the officials hadn’t coddled Brees as usual, the Niners would be looking at home field advantage throughout the playoffs (and the Cardinals would be assured a playoff spot … and the Aints would be on the outside looking in). That one bogus penalty on Brooks completely upturned the NFC playoff picture.

  25. 4thqtrsaint says: Dec 27, 2013 6:33 PM

    Way to make it sound like the 9ers were robbed. You’re talking 15 seconds of the game vs the other 59:45 they had to beat the Saints in.

    Some Saints fans think we got robbed in the Pats game. I never felt that way. We had 59:45 to win it. Happens to every team.

  26. babyjesus69 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:37 PM

    The nfl is ruining itself right before our very eyes

  27. threedeep1998 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:43 PM

    Should have never been fined in the first place. Brees is the biggest corn ball in the entire league. Guy would have been destroyed in the 80s/90s.

  28. dacktle49 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:51 PM

    Ray Ray saves a buck! The sack was clean and the NFL knows it!

  29. redfield11 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:00 PM

    Someone won an appeal? Holy crap, never thought it’d happen.

    Unless this is just so we let our guard down…

  30. ridgebak says: Dec 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    Sounds about right. The game is being ruined with all of these pathetic game changing calls.

    I think we get the game is getting to fast for the refs to call, but if they are instructed to continue to call games like this, at least let these plays be reviewable.

  31. dhnf says: Dec 27, 2013 7:10 PM

    That call (which was absolutely NOT the right call) could end up knocking the 49ers from the 1 seed to the 6th. Unbelievable.

    Refs have been the worst I’ve ever seen this year. The call against Whitner in the Falcons game was an absolute travesty.

  32. mancave001 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:13 PM

    Good. The call was bogus.

    –Eagles Fan

  33. gosfvr says: Dec 27, 2013 7:15 PM

    Sooooo.. how does this AND the Whitner take-back by the league office play out in the playoffs?
    Keep calling the fouls and say “oops, my bad” later?

    This is ridiculous.

  34. thedownwardspiral says: Dec 27, 2013 7:16 PM

    49ers had 3 offensive possessions after that score… And went 3 and out all 3 times.

    There are almost 200 plays in a game. It was NOT the reason they lost. The Saints were the better team. Deal with it already!!

  35. jayniner says: Dec 27, 2013 7:26 PM

    Brooks is 6′ 4″ while Brees is 6′ 0″…..

    All Brooks had to do was outstretch his arms and they were at Brees’ head as it was.

    If the Niners see the Saints in the playoffs, Brees might not be so lucky this time when Brooks or Willis get their hands on him for that little extra acting he did in the flop.

  36. cmoney4949 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:28 PM

    NFL needs to add that to the review system next year. That might be the difference between a first round bye or a first round road playoff game.

  37. peehergriphon says: Dec 27, 2013 7:39 PM

    AZ go screwed on this call as well. NO should not even be in the playoffs if it weren’t for refs.

  38. northeastkiller says: Dec 27, 2013 8:27 PM

    Someone needs to remind Niners fans that saying an illegal hit didn’t rise to a fineable level on review isn’t the same as saying it wasn’t illegal at all. And if you could help them recall the possession SF had with the game tied and 2 minutes on the clock that they did jack with and had to punt on, that’d be great too.

  39. disp2 says: Dec 27, 2013 8:39 PM

    Pretty crazy when you think about the impact that one call made. SF likely wins the game if Brooks isn’t flagged, and they’d be looking at a first round bye instead of likely 5’th seed right now. Game of inches.

  40. friscokid49 says: Dec 27, 2013 9:11 PM

    “…significant difference in the playoff picture…”

    Niners would be #1 seed and Seahawks and Cardinals would hold #5 and #6 respectively.

    So, Arizona fans, if you don’t get to the tournament, sorry for the bad call.

  41. goldrush36 says: Dec 27, 2013 9:16 PM

    Nothing new. Seattle’s playoff seeding was aided by another terrible call that changed a games outcome last year too……. 😂

  42. danospleasanton says: Dec 27, 2013 9:39 PM

    So they admit the 49ers lost the game due to a BS call?? How nice… considering the 49ers would probably win the division if the game was called right. Merry Christmas Seattle!!

  43. adderal says: Dec 28, 2013 1:33 AM

    It was weeks ago and doesn’t matter. SF lost the nfc championship at home in 2011 and then won it a year later on the road. If they have to go on the the road this year and happen to get beat personally I will not immediately think of that game and say what if.

  44. darman55 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:36 AM

    Love all the seattle fans with the snide comments. Is there a fan base on the planet that gripes about the officiating more than “the 12th man.” In their demented state, they think the Seahawks have never been beaten and only lose because either the other team or the officials, or the NFL cheated. You Seattle fans are sweating bullets because you know if those two teams play again-even in Seattle, the Niners are gonna beat them. It will be great when it happens except for the excuse making and bitching that will be coming out of the seahawk fans’ mouths.

  45. cspsrbums says: Dec 28, 2013 2:21 AM

    What I think is funny is how all you 9niner fans all repeat the same thing over and over ( going from a 1seed to a 5th seed and losing home field advantage ) Just wondering if there is anymore clowns out there that feel the need to type the same thing again step right up. San Francisco whiners

  46. juiceonfire says: Dec 28, 2013 10:15 AM

    Niners didn’t have the ball three more times after this play it was at the end of the game. People should actually watch these games before putting comments down, “thedownwardspiral” comes to mind as that guy never must watch any games and is probably just a troll says he hates the NFL but then watches every week

  47. 64post says: Dec 28, 2013 12:32 PM

    Brooks makes the sack, Willis recovers the fumble deep in N.O. territory with little time on the clock SF has a 3 point lead and the ball. vs. 1st down for N.O. at mid field. That is game changing.

  48. bloodtyperedngold says: Dec 28, 2013 3:24 PM

    Glad that Brooks was not fined from this play and had it not been for this tricky-tack call would have set up the Niner’s with 1st & 10 on the Niner’s 47 with 3:12 left in the game. Momentum is a real catalyst in professional sports and a sack/fumble at that moment was huge.

    The Niner’s did have trouble within the game moving the ball however they did score 20 points up to this point so, it wasn’t like their offense was completely paralyzed. We wil never know if the Niners win the game or not but this call definitely took a NFC Defensive Player of the Week award from Brook’s and lightened his wallet for a month, that we do know.

    It’s funny to me to hear everyone cry about the refs, and I yell at my TV as much as anyone else, however none of us are ready or will be anytime soon to stop watching (or commenting), because it is the unpredictability and reality that is the NFL. It would be great if there was a review of penalties like this, especially when there is a turnover.

    Truth be told I knew this game/play would have a big implication on the playoff positioning but if the Niners want to get back to the SB and win it, then they will have to “sharpen the iron” by playing good teams in the playoffs on the road, which is fine by me. I want a battle tested team playing their best football this time of the year and love that our playoffs start in week 17 against a playoff caliber team.

    Go Niners! Quest for Six

  49. pmars64 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    It was the right call for several reasons. First, from the ref’s angle, it looked like a classic clothes-line especially when replayed in real time. Second, Brooks followed through by catching some facemask and going through Brees neck. And, third, he took two full steps toward an unsuspecting Brees with plenty of options to strip him of the ball since this would be the goal. Instead, he went for the most risky hit that cost the Niners the game. He could have simply gone for the strip.

    And, for all the whining about this call, it’s star NFL QBs who make the league. They have to be protected. Go watch my Browns with Weeden at QB and you’ll see bad football that no one wants to see. Fans benefit with a higher quality product and players like Brooks benefit because it’s star QB play that ultimately allows him and other players to make the kind of money they do. Nobody wants bad football and there are a rare few who can play QB at a star caliber level.

  50. ridgebak says: Dec 28, 2013 8:11 PM

    pmars64 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    It was the right call for several reasons. First, from the ref’s angle, it looked like a classic clothes-line especially when replayed in real time. Second, Brooks followed through by catching some facemask and going through Brees neck. And, third, he took two full steps toward an unsuspecting Brees with plenty of options to strip him of the ball since this would be the goal. Instead, he went for the most risky hit that cost the Niners the game. He could have simply gone for the strip.

    And, for all the whining about this call, it’s star NFL QBs who make the league. They have to be protected. Go watch my Browns with Weeden at QB and you’ll see bad football that no one wants to see. Fans benefit with a higher quality product and players like Brooks benefit because it’s star QB play that ultimately allows him and other players to make the kind of money they do. Nobody wants bad football and there are a rare few who can play QB at a star caliber level.

    ——————————————————–

    It wasn’t the right call, otherwise he would have been fined as an illegal hit.

    Also, why would I want to go watch the Browns?

  51. pmars64 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:31 PM

    @ ridgeback,
    The fine was lifted primarily because of all the crying from the 49ers and folks like Ray Lewis who acted like Brooks was fleeced of his life savings.

    Hey, if you don’t want to watch the Browns, watch the Niners if Kaepernik is taken out by a similar hit and Colt McCoy has to play. Or simply watch Kaepernik come playoff time when he has to play top defenses. It won’t be pretty.

  52. 49erlifer says: Dec 29, 2013 12:21 AM

    If we can win 3 straight on the road, no one will stand a chance in the superbowl GONINERS

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