Ahmad Brooks wins appeal on Drew Brees hit

AP

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.

52 responses to “Ahmad Brooks wins appeal on Drew Brees hit

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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 The fine was most likely rescinded since it was not intentional (just like Brees said after the game).

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. “…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.

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

  28. 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!!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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    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?

  37. @ 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.

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