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Ahmad Brooks said his flying leap was by design

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No one this season has encroached as spectacularly as 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks encroached last week against the Panthers.

And he said it was absolutely on purpose.

Brooks said his flying leap over his defensive line, the Panthers offensive line and quarterback Cam Newton (who flopped like Vlade Divac, only without the cigarette) was by design.

Since the 49ers had stopped the Panthers on a previous goal-line snap, the penalty just cost them inches, but had the potential to be a huge play if it had been timed better.

“That idea right there – NaVorro [Bowman] was telling me, ‘Ahmad, jump over the line. Wreak havoc,'” Brooks said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Then the second time they got down there, I was going to do the same thing, but I was offsides.”

The 49ers then stopped fullback Mike Tolbert on third down, forcing a field goal on the next snap, since running Newton had been stuffed twice.

“I told him that if the ball got inside the 1 that he had to be ready for the quarterback sneak, and that’s what he was anticipating and he jumped the gun a little bit,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “I told him if the quarterback goes up high, you’ve got to go up with him.”

Brooks showed he’s capable of elevating, even if his timing’s a little off.

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17 Responses to “Ahmad Brooks said his flying leap was by design”
  1. nfloracle says: Jan 16, 2014 4:56 PM

    Stupid play calling on the part of the Panthers on both those goal yard opportunities. Really, really stupid and a big reason our season went down the toilet last Sunday.

  2. mrheavyhustle says: Jan 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    C’mon man you have to give Niners Defense credit, you wouldn’t let your 6 foot 5 and 245 pound QB try to sneak from the 1? Then lead low to earth Mike Tolbert try to plow it in? Don’t blame the play calling it was good defense also. On the other hand that was a smart play by Brooks, was a win-win sort of.

  3. joey49er says: Jan 16, 2014 5:08 PM

    brooks is a aninmal!Well I guess the sehawks got what they wanted…remember last yr when all the seahawk fans were saying they were a better team when the 49ers were playing in the superbowl….now comes the truth..sehawks at home favored by 3..with everything to lose…against 5 time superbowl champions!! 3 nfc championship game against a 1 sided offense mershawn lynch…that’s right with out lynch u guys lose big!!! cant wait …I smell a upset at home for the 49ers!!!!!

  4. deaconbluesnc says: Jan 16, 2014 5:19 PM

    Had to call them for something

  5. daveitsgood says: Jan 16, 2014 5:31 PM

    Brooks is a bad bad man

  6. doubleogator says: Jan 16, 2014 5:35 PM

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…..

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 16, 2014 5:52 PM

    I kinda wish “we” still had Ahmad Brooks, Dan Skuta, and Jonathan Joseph.

    Thanks, mike brown.

  8. chunkderrrty says: Jan 16, 2014 6:12 PM

    So far the only one whose perfected that jump is polamalu.

  9. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 16, 2014 6:14 PM

    how athletic was that play? do you realize how big a man #55 is?

  10. tundratommy says: Jan 16, 2014 6:37 PM

    That is an awesome photo. Having said that, the Vikings really are a Micky Mouse organization incapable of ever being champions. History has proved this to be true.

  11. 5to46hawkfan says: Jan 16, 2014 6:41 PM

    He’s a liar

  12. 49erstim says: Jan 16, 2014 7:04 PM

    I love the Vlade reference. Truly the father of modern day flopping.

  13. pkaiser59 says: Jan 16, 2014 8:53 PM

    Watch out, Ringling Brothers!!!! LOL!

  14. rublestiltzkin says: Jan 16, 2014 10:20 PM

    So, we’re supposed to all be so impressed by play that ended up not even being a play, but rather, a penalty? This is good?. Oh brother……. Well, I hate to burst your bubbles there 49ers fans, but Russell and company have something up their sleeve and it’ll work. Seahawks- 30 San Francisco- 20.

  15. forever9ers says: Jan 16, 2014 11:33 PM

    Ahmad Brooks was the real superman on the field, 2.5 sacks, totally stopping Newton cold one-on-one from the one-foot line.

  16. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 17, 2014 1:27 AM

    The tackle that brooks made on goal line was the play of the weekend for me… huge performance from brooks…

  17. hendeeze says: Jan 17, 2014 1:54 PM

    there is actually a clip of him on YouTube doing the same in college to great effect

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