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