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Seahawks gunner gets flattened by someone on San Fran sideline

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We’d hate to see what this game would look like if referee Gene Steratore’s all-star crew weren’t being extra-vigilant about keeping things under control.

A punt play early in the second quarter of Sunday’s NFC title game featured a couple of egregious fouls that the officials missed.  One by each team.

First, Seahawks receiver/gunner Ricardo Lockette grabbed the facemask and removed the helmet of San Francisco running back/punt returner LaMichael James, after James muffed the punt.

Before that, the Seattle gunner on the other side of the field — Jeremy Lane — took an upper arm from someone in street clothes on the 49ers sideline.

While it’s possible the person delivering the hit was merely protecting himself, he seemed to deliberately hit Lane, who bounced up and kept going.

We’re trying to identify the person who applied the hit.  It was either an inactive player or a member of the San Francisco non-playing staff.

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53 Responses to “Seahawks gunner gets flattened by someone on San Fran sideline”
  1. palecollegedude says: Jan 19, 2014 7:33 PM

    Wow! Did SF came to play or what?! Forced turnover on the 1st play of the game, pinning them on their 1 yard line & the beautiful (legal shoulder-to-shoulder) hit on the tight end & Kaepernick killin’ em with his legs. Seattle is gonna have to work for this win.

  2. honalulublue says: Jan 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    And the whiners call the Lions dirty and cheap

  3. jakec4 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:37 PM

    One word.

    Awesome.

  4. donny1rodriguez says: Jan 19, 2014 7:37 PM

    I LOLd

  5. canetic says: Jan 19, 2014 7:37 PM

    It was the Niners 12th man

  6. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 19, 2014 7:39 PM

    Not saying Lane is at fault but they need to quit letting players run down the sidelines out of bounds, a player running through an opposing teams bench in a game that’s this chippy is just setting things up for something like that to happen.

  7. iamthorny says: Jan 19, 2014 7:41 PM

    Is Mike Tomlin on the Niners sideline?

  8. reppster says: Jan 19, 2014 7:43 PM

    Most sea puppy fans caught the band wagon that drove by couple years back.

  9. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:44 PM

    That’s a personal foul any game any play … That’s a huge blown call you can’t do crap like that people get hurt with cheap shots like that … Disgusting and embarrassing for the niners

  10. 1phd says: Jan 19, 2014 7:45 PM

    Leave it to Florio to highlight the non penalty of the two events. You mad bro?

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 19, 2014 7:46 PM

    You are allowed to do this in the game as long as you are ok with the fine that comes with it. It’s a choice you can be willfully or accidentally make along the lines of an intentional penalty or one that doesn’t really hurt you do to a loophole circumstance, and sometimes it can work out for your benefit. It’s a matter of luck in a way. The officiating system just doesn’t have a capacity to keep tabs on all relevant activities going on in and around the game.

  12. zvickers says: Jan 19, 2014 7:46 PM

    I remember watching that, we rewinded it and watched it like 5 times!!

  13. eaglesw00t says: Jan 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    @allidoiswin

    I guess you missed the second penalty mentioned, and how ripping someone’s helmet off by the face is a lot more dangerous than a guy in street clothes protecting himself from a fully padded player?

  14. palecollegedude says: Jan 19, 2014 7:48 PM

    Anquan Boldin looks rattled. That’s 2 dropped passes already.

  15. bennyb82 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:49 PM

    Only a matter of time before the gunner takes out a head coach or coordinator for the game…

  16. ozymandias121 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:52 PM

    Florio what’s wrong??? :*(

  17. govtminion says: Jan 19, 2014 7:53 PM

    honalulublue says: Jan 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    And the whiners call the Lions dirty and cheap
    ========================

    No, they said the Lions were terrible.

    And you know what? They’re right.

  18. pgilbert2013 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:54 PM

    Mike… Why don’t you mention how Whittner once again is called for a great professional football hit?

    Why do I care about a gunner for god sakes?

  19. deepthreat88 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:54 PM

    Niners D ferocious. Wilson looks rattled.

  20. gbfanforever says: Jan 19, 2014 7:55 PM

    Wilson looks bad out there today.

  21. onbucky96 says: Jan 19, 2014 7:58 PM

    Why am I not surprised a 49er did this? Typical of team Khakis.

  22. palecollegedude says: Jan 19, 2014 8:02 PM

    Seattle should think about doubling Aldon Smith. Wilson is getting harassed by that guy.

  23. drednot says: Jan 19, 2014 8:03 PM

    canetic says:
    Jan 19, 2014 7:37 PM

    It was the Niners 12th man
    ********************************************

    Now THAT was Funny!!!!!

  24. thefiesty1 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:05 PM

    I’m watching and missed it all. Now the officials are trying to take over. Bad call after bad call on both teams.

  25. deepthreat88 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:06 PM

    The refs are messing this up bad! Two bad calls against the Niners: one against Whitner and one against Carlos R.

    Some SERIOUS home cooking going on here!

  26. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:07 PM

    ONCE AGAIN REFS SCREWING THE NINERS!!!!

  27. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:08 PM

    BLATANT FIX BY THE NFL TO HELP THE CHEATHAWKS

  28. ozymandias121 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:09 PM

    Florio,

    Why aren’t you tweeting that much this game?

  29. cornerstone2001 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:11 PM

    I’ve said all year from last superbowl, NFL fixes games with officiating. They don’t want the Niners to get in

  30. noffy32 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:15 PM

    These refs are horrible. Bad calls all around the field. Game wouldn’t even be 10-3. Seattle fans should be happy that they haven’t been called for much more.

  31. Kolo Jezdec says: Jan 19, 2014 8:15 PM

    REPORT: Seahawks have announced that if they win the game due to any suspect calls by the officials, they will forfeit the game and allow the ‘Niners to go to the Super Bowl. This will show that the Seahawks are a classier organization than the Steelers (remember SB LX)

  32. Kolo Jezdec says: Jan 19, 2014 8:16 PM

    BTW, isn’t the play dead as soon as a player’s helmet comes off?

  33. nyneal says: Jan 19, 2014 8:16 PM

    What do you expect from two of the dirtiest teams in the league?
    And I wish just one time someone would nail Harbaugh on the sidelines when he has his big whiny mouth open. He is by far the biggest whiner I’ve ever seen as a head coach.
    He is a classless individual and I am praying he gets beat today or by the Broncos if he makes it to the Super Bowl. I couldn’t take two weeks of him and then watching him in the SuperBowl again.
    So, I am rooting for the Seahawks to pull this one out and if they don’t — go Broncos!

  34. beastmode5150 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:17 PM

    Those niner receivers sure are balling.

  35. dukeearl says: Jan 19, 2014 8:18 PM

    cornerstone2001 says:
    Jan 19, 2014 8:11 PM
    I’ve said all year from last superbowl, NFL fixes games with officiating. They don’t want the Niners to get in
    ******************
    What would be the logical reason for that?

  36. askcoachjay says: Jan 19, 2014 8:19 PM

    It doesn’t matter that Whitner’s shoulder pads hit to the shoulder. He made direct contact with the head and/or neck area of a defenseless player. In this case, with his left arm. Geez, the NFL rulebook is out there for anyone to read. Keep it up, and we’re on our way to the generic “dangerous play” penalty lifted directly for soccer. These guys need to stop making unnecessary hits… And no one can argue that hit was necessary.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    Stop crying about the bad calls against the 9ers, they got all the calls and no calls last week.

  38. wydok says: Jan 19, 2014 8:20 PM

    Neither one of these teams deserves to be in the Super Bowl. Their coaches have questionable ethics to say the least. I hope the Broncos wipe the floor with them.

  39. nyneal says: Jan 19, 2014 8:21 PM

    I have to laugh at those comments by Niner fans that the officials are somehow biased against them. What a joke!
    Shut up — and tell your coach to shut up — and just play the game. Because you all sound like San Francisco Whiners.
    It’s been proven over and over again since the inception of the league that bad calls happen each and every week and every team has them go for them and against them. It all evens out in the wash.

  40. jjackwagon says: Jan 19, 2014 8:23 PM

    Kaeps legs are going to win this game.

  41. wolfman55h says: Jan 19, 2014 8:30 PM

    The helmet to helmet call on sf on an incompletion was a joke. Refs are not calling what they see but what they THINK they see.

  42. jrazz22 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:36 PM

    nyneal
    Jan 19, 2014, 5:21 PM PST
    I have to laugh at those comments by Niner fans that the officials are somehow biased against them. What a joke!
    Shut up — and tell your coach to shut up — and just play the game. Because you all sound like San Francisco Whiners.
    It’s been proven over and over again since the inception of the league that bad calls happen each and every week and every team has them go for them and against them. It all evens out in the wash.
    ————————————————–
    In guessing you’ve whined about a penalty before. And since I’m guessing you have, you’re a hypocrite.

  43. bassplucker says: Jan 19, 2014 8:43 PM

    Did the league rescind the pass interference rule before this game? Seahawks DBs are mugging the Niners WRs all the way down the field on every play.

  44. chicagosports2014 says: Jan 19, 2014 8:47 PM

    This is a good game here.

  45. thefiesty1 says: Jan 19, 2014 9:29 PM

    49’ers were just robbed. Stupid officials.

  46. thefiesty1 says: Jan 19, 2014 9:32 PM

    And then Kaepernick just gave it away. Dang!

  47. 33vikes says: Jan 19, 2014 9:47 PM

    That’s why you are supposed to run on the field, not through the bench area.

  48. don2074978 says: Jan 19, 2014 10:33 PM

    RULE 13, SECTION 1, ARTICLE 8

    Article 8 Non-player personnel of a club (e.g., management personnel, coaches, trainers, equipment men) are prohibited
    from making unnecessary physical contact with or directing abusive, threatening, or insulting language or gestures at
    opponents, game officials, or representatives of the League.
    Penalty: Loss of 15 yards. (Unsportsmanlike Conduct.) Enforcement is from:
    a) the succeeding spot if the ball is dead;
    b) the previous spot if the ball was in play; or
    c) whatever spot the Referee, after consulting with the crew, deems equitable. (Palpably Unfair Act.)
    Note: Violations which occur before or during the game may result in disqualification in addition to the yardage penalty. Any
    violation at the game site on the day of the game, including postgame, may result in discipline by the Commissioner.

  49. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 19, 2014 10:57 PM

    Haha, now you guys have all offseason to whine about how the refs robbed you. Sucks that the 9er fans with class are represented by all the losers on this thread. Enjoy watching the 49ers not play in the superbowl.

  50. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 19, 2014 10:58 PM

    Grabbing the facemask during a fumble is perfectly legal. We saw that a few years ago famously in overtime of a playoff game when the Cardinals won a shootout against the Packers.

    Your claim that the Seahawks committed a facemask penalty on a fumbled punt is in error.

  51. hailvictory says: Jan 20, 2014 4:19 AM

    Waaaaaahhhhh!
    Waaaaaaaahhhhhh!

    If the Super Bowl went to the biggest whiners and complainers the 49ers would win every year! Man up! You’re all softer than the 49ers WRs!

  52. threatlevelxmidnight says: Jan 20, 2014 5:13 AM

    I can admit that there were a few questionable calls, but I’m also not retarded. The running into the kicker was the worst one, and it was borderline. The Bowman strip was also bad, but had no bearing on the game at all. Also I really hope he makes it back soon enough. The Seahawks outplayed the 9ers in every facet of this game and it showed on the scoreboard. 49er fans should be proud of the season their team had and instead they’re crying and whining and blaming anything they can think of. Enjoy this rivalry…hopefully it stays this good for a long time.

  53. ninersnorth says: Jan 20, 2014 12:02 PM

    How has the player in street clothes not been identified by anyone yet?

    Quinton Dial… My money is on rookie Quinton Dial. Look him up, then watch the replay a couple times…

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