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49ers get off with a warning for sideline incident

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After an odd incident in the NFC Championship Game in which a still-unidentified person on the 49ers’ sideline knocked down Seahawks gunner Jeremy Lane during a punt return, the NFL has decided no disciplinary action is warranted.

Instead, the NFL issued the 49ers a warning.

A mere warning stands in stark contrast to the incident when Jets assistant Sal Alosi tripped Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll during a punt return. The result of that incident was Alosi losing his job and the NFL fining the Jets $100,000.

But the NFL has apparently concluded that the contact on the 49ers’ sideline was not intentional, and since Lane got right back up and kept running downfield, it was no harm, no foul.

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  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 5, 2014 7:16 AM

    Harbaugh and his mighty band of accidental misfits…

  2. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 5, 2014 7:26 AM

    Wow. The league’s crusade against the Steelers continues…

  3. baltimorons says: Feb 5, 2014 7:27 AM

    So he knocked someone over and gets nothing. Tomlin doesn’t touch anyone and gets a huge fine and a possible lost draft pick. No bias against the steelers there.

  4. seahawks80 says: Feb 5, 2014 7:29 AM

    Yeah and Tomlin’s incident was “not intentional” either.

  5. mykpfsu says: Feb 5, 2014 7:29 AM

    Looks like the NFL has a hard on for Harbaugh.

  6. sw19womble says: Feb 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    It was the Seahawks player running around, in and out of people, ten yards inside the 9ers area.

    A bit of a joke that he went so deep IMO.

    I’ll accept he got a clout, and it looked somewhat intentional, but serves him right for being there.
    Lucky for him _he_ didn’t draw the penalty for not trying to get back onto the field immediately, instead of taking his magical mystery tour through the Niners playing and coaching staff.

  7. nightrain42 says: Feb 5, 2014 7:35 AM

    Wow…really? Yet Tomlin gets a $100,000 fine? Smh

  8. 6superbowls says: Feb 5, 2014 7:40 AM

    It’s called the RGDL. Roger Goodell’s Dart League. What ever space he hits on the board that day is the punishment you’ll receive.

  9. dexterismyhero says: Feb 5, 2014 7:44 AM

    The people here talking about Tomlin need to get a clue. Tomlin intentionally walked onto the field. This guy was 8-10 yards off the field when Lane ran into him.

  10. byroan says: Feb 5, 2014 7:46 AM

    This is different from Tomlin. Tomlin was on the field. The 49ers guy was on the sideline.

  11. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 5, 2014 7:52 AM

    That’s funny, Tomlin was no harm no foul, but didn’t they take a draft pick from the Steelers?

  12. thefiesty1 says: Feb 5, 2014 7:53 AM

    Lane was running off balance and pin-balled off a couple of people on the sidelines. so, this was Harbaugh’s fault? Move on.

  13. teecouch says: Feb 5, 2014 7:58 AM

    @ sw19womble
    He was blocked/pushed out of bounds.

    Is this ‘warning’ going on Harbawls permanent record??

  14. petehemlock says: Feb 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    SF is in the news!!

  15. bassnw says: Feb 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    If you watched the game you saw Lane was pushed out of bounds by a whiner. Pay attention before you offer up “IMO” nonsense.

  16. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 5, 2014 8:01 AM

    It looks like the San Francisco player simply drove him out of bounds and he was stumbling trying to get back on the field…. No penalty for the obvious San Francisco player facemask on him either

  17. runeaglesrun says: Feb 5, 2014 8:03 AM

    Jimmy “the adolescent” Harbaugh gets away with another one. He’s like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Scent of a Woman.” That little bitch who gets away with everything and pouts when things don’t go his way. NFL just doesn’t want to receive a call from Jimmy’s dad.

  18. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 5, 2014 8:05 AM

    My first thought was of the Jets coach a few years back tripping the gunner. The media created a huge issue about Tomlin and Alosi, but I never heard much (if anything) about the 49ers.

  19. kylexitron says: Feb 5, 2014 8:06 AM

    It’ll be incidental when Kam Chancellor accidentally stumbles helmet first into Jim Blowhard next year, too.

  20. bcgreg says: Feb 5, 2014 8:08 AM

    I’m no Jets fan, but Nolan Carroll popped right up and continued. Where’s the no harm, no foul excuse there? Dude lost his job over it. Not right.

  21. bucrightoff says: Feb 5, 2014 8:11 AM

    Harbaugh = Biggest petulant child in NFL history.

  22. titansbro says: Feb 5, 2014 8:14 AM

    I don’t have a problem with this & I’ve grown to hate the 49ers. The guy that hit him, while he did put a little extra oomph into it & stared at him after, could be considered to have just been protecting himself. The gunner was running well into their sideline area. It’s nothing like the Sal Alosi incident where he actually stepped onto the field a little to trip the gunner.

  23. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 5, 2014 8:22 AM

    If the Packers had done that, McCarthy would’ve been fined $50,000. If somebody did that to the Packers, the NFL would’ve said there was no foul.

    Love the double standard.

  24. seatownballers says: Feb 5, 2014 8:39 AM

    Niners>stealers

  25. dartwick says: Feb 5, 2014 8:45 AM

    The Seahawks payer was way way past the sideline.

    As long as the league doesnt think someone intentionally tripped him, the league shouldnt do anything.

  26. johntonioholmes says: Feb 5, 2014 8:46 AM

    Good to see that the league is consistent.

  27. jgedgar70 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:48 AM

    Tomlin was standing in the field of play, directly in the path of the player with the ball. Lane was out of bounds going to cover a punt, and the ball was nowhere near the contact. Tomlin had a much bigger direct impact on the play – hence the difference in discipline.

  28. bert1913 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:48 AM

    I hope the Santa Clara 49ers are classier that the San Francisco 49ers

  29. therooneyskilledwebster says: Feb 5, 2014 8:49 AM

    I would love to know what thoughts were racing through Harbaby’s head when he saw Pete on the receiving end of another Gatorade bath on Sunday. Maybe something along the lines of “will I ever be as good of a coach as that jerk”? “Probably not.”

  30. all4patriots says: Feb 5, 2014 8:50 AM

    If the Patriots did this, you know that it would lead off every TV sports show for a month and they’d be fined heavily and lose draft picks. Anyone else? :crickets:

  31. seatownballers says: Feb 5, 2014 8:53 AM

    The player on the niners sideline was watching the jumbotron when lane bumped into him. Steelers coach entered the field of play during a kick off. Quit the comparisons pitt fans! That argument holds no weight

  32. discountdoublecheck says: Feb 5, 2014 9:00 AM

    sw19womble says:Feb 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    It was the Seahawks player running around, in and out of people, ten yards inside the 9ers area.

    A bit of a joke that he went so deep IMO.

    I’ll accept he got a clout, and it looked somewhat intentional, but serves him right for being there.
    Lucky for him _he_ didn’t draw the penalty for not trying to get back onto the field immediately, instead of taking his magical mystery tour through the Niners playing and coaching staff.
    ================================

    Genius…he was forced out of bounds, something that is quite typical on kickoffs. However having a guy purposely stick his forearm out and blindside you?…not so common.

    Then again I’d expect nothing less from a team coached by such a tool.

  33. seattlesue427 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:00 AM

    What a crock of crap! Jeremy Lane didn’t run out of bounds…he was forced out of bounds by a 49er. Dirty coach, dirty team, and dirty staff! Can’t wait for the Seahawks to beat the crap out of them next year.

  34. dragonfly99 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:03 AM

    Seems like the NFL is showing favoritism towards a certain team.

  35. sourdoughsam says: Feb 5, 2014 9:08 AM

    I have to agree with sw19womble here. The Seattle player did not immediately try to re-establish himself into the field of play. After watching the replay several times, it’s pretty obvious that the 49ers player leans into the Seattle player, but if he doesn’t do that – he probably gets run over. That’s why that rule to re-establish yourself in the field of play is there. This incident is also different than the Jets’ incident in that the Jets’ coaches had deliberately set up a wall along the edge of the sideline and the coach guilty of tripping the player was actually leaning over the boundary – which he could have been penalized or given a sideline warning even if he hadn’t tripped the Jets player. I get why people don’t like Harbaugh or the 49ers, but I think the league had to consider that the incident wouldn’t have occurred if the Seattle player would have attempted to get back in bounds instead of running through the crowd of 49ers well outside the field of play.

  36. cowstache says: Feb 5, 2014 9:08 AM

    You are truly pathetic NFL. You need to be more consistant. That dude in the sweat suit clearly extended his arms knocking down Lane, but because he got right up that makes it ok?????

  37. bartpkelly says: Feb 5, 2014 9:10 AM

    He did try to get back immediately. You can’t make a right turn at 90 degrees when running. The look on the guy who knocked him down makes me think it was intentional but a warning is about tight considering the plays results.

  38. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Feb 5, 2014 9:11 AM

    This hit may have been intentional but wasnt on the field of play. The player ran onto the sideline and got smacked…Tomlin watchin the HD screen instead of the kick return then at the last minute looks back and steps ON TO the field then backwards…ALL DAY INTENTIONAL for Tomlin.. It was worse than what the niners did…..PERIOD! And Tomlin and the Steelers should lose a draft pick cheating like they did against the Ravens….

  39. dickjagger says: Feb 5, 2014 9:15 AM

    As a Ravens fan I obviously have no love lost for the steelers, but this doesn’t seem fair?

    Then again maybe the NFL is about as tired as the rest of us of hearing Harbaugh and his merry band of forty-whiners sing their sad song.

  40. coffee49 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:15 AM

    Tomlin was on the field, and interfered with the ball carrier . This happened to a gunner lost 5 yards deep in the 9ers bench….but please Steeler Nation, continue the fair and unbiased comparisons

  41. flogginthelog says: Feb 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    Wow…really? Yet Tomlin gets a $100,000 fine? Smh

    ————————————————

    This was in Nnoway similar to tomlin’s incident. The dude ran into the niner’s sideline, where the players are supposed to stand. No one intentionally stepped onto the field with the intentions of changing the outcome of a play.

  42. rpkllc says: Feb 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    Jets were premeditated.
    Tomlin interfered with the ball carrier.
    49er dude was a spontaneous reaction.

  43. lurch61 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:31 AM

    It is funny how the “Harbaugh haters” come out in droves at every chance. This was an issue between an unidentified 49er on the sidelines and the “gunner” that run out of bounds, yet everyone takes the opportunity to bash Harbaugh. Grow up people.

  44. sonoco says: Feb 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    Not surprised. Looked much ado about nothing when it happened and the “warning” issued by the league pretty much confirms that. Steeler/Jet/Hawk fans would need to have their homer/hater-goggles set on “uber” to see it any other way.

  45. sbchampsagain says: Feb 5, 2014 9:55 AM

    When do we find out what draft pick the Steelers are giving up for Tomlin’s “accident?”

  46. djstangcougar says: Feb 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    Dude who cares anymore… no harm no foul, coming from a Seahawks fan.

  47. randomcommenter says: Feb 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    Tomlin was barely on the field and did not interfere with the runner. If he did, then Balt would have been awarded a TD, because the interference would have occurred with nobody between him and the endzone. In that situation, the ref has the discretion to award a TD And likely would have even though he would have been caught by the Pitt player who had the angle and was gaining.

    Look at the Jets sideline interference incident. They got a big fine and a guy was fired.

    The issue here is previous sideline incidents were dealt with harshly but the 49ers get off light.

    Goodell’s problem is he has no consistency at all with his penalties. It is all determined by how big a deal the media makes of it. The media made a big deal of the Steelers and Jets incidents so they got big penalties. They didn’t make a big deal here, so no penalty.

  48. daysend564 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    If you don’t want to run into someone on the sidelines, don’t run down the sidelines 8 yards out of bounds.

  49. jtbsteeler says: Feb 5, 2014 10:42 AM

    Put an end to the “league is helping the Steelers” nonsense once and for all.

    It’s going to hurt when we win this next SB and you don’t have any excuses left.

  50. mathomp3 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:51 AM

    No worries, Lane will get a shiny new ring to make up for it.

  51. fballguy says: Feb 5, 2014 10:59 AM

    Feel sorry for those Steelers fans that don’t know the difference between a low level unidentified lackey making contact with a gunner way out of bounds and a head coach…leader and standard bearer for the team…standing on the field of play in an attempt to disrupt the KO return man in the midst of making a game turning play.

  52. osiris33 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    dexterismyhero says: Feb 5, 2014 7:44 AM

    The people here talking about Tomlin need to get a clue. Tomlin intentionally walked onto the field. This guy was 8-10 yards off the field when Lane ran into him.
    ———————————————–
    Lane did not “bump into him,” the guy deliberately moved into him and nudged him with his leg.

    Should have been a heavy fine.

  53. bifftannen55 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:10 AM

    So on to the more important questions from that game:

    Why wasn’t the 49ers granted a roughing into the kicker penalty? – They almost took Andy Lee’s planted foot off.

    Or why did the Seahawks get 59 seconds to call a timeout when deciding to go for a FG or go for it on 4th down? – There should have been a delay of game.

    The NFL still has yet to explain this.

  54. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    No harm no foul? Lane could have been in prime position to recover the muffed punt. I’d like to see the angle that proves it was unintentional. Every angle that’s been released shows the guy deliberately move toward Lane and drop his shoulder.

    This league and it’s decisions on when to hand down punishments and when not to is a disgrace to evolution and logical thinking.

  55. sweetnlow44 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:16 AM

    And to all you brilliant 9er fans, he didn’t run into the sideline on his own free will. He was pushed into the sidelines by the 9er defender. Do you guys even watch the games?

  56. madroaddog says: Feb 5, 2014 11:25 AM

    Unbelievable!……the contact was clearly intentional. It was just shear luck Lane was not severely injured. Goes to show that Roger Goodell is a 49er fan or that the York money offered was enough to keep him happy. Any other team and they would have got slammed. Under Goodell’s tutiledge, the QB’s on the field are more protected than the gunner’s who are forced onto the sideline.

  57. dmerch says: Feb 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    i dont understand what your all mad about, did you see where the guy was? yeah he just stood there and let him run into him but its not like he was on the inside of the sideline. HE WAS 5-10 YARDS BEHIND IT! that and jim harbaugh was no where near the play so get off his nuts.

  58. olcap says: Feb 5, 2014 11:49 AM

    nightrain42 says:
    Feb 5, 2014 7:35 AM

    Wow…really? Yet Tomlin gets a $100,000 fine? Smh
    ——————–

    Tomlin is a cheater. He cheated. Intentionally. It is obvious to anyone that watches the videos.

    SMH

  59. sonoco says: Feb 5, 2014 11:50 AM

    Yes, Lane was forced out of bounds by the protectors. That’s their job, they are allowed to do that. They just need to disengage once the gunner is out of bounds which they did.

  60. deflateddome says: Feb 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Tomlin was watching the play on the Jumbotron until the last second. He KNEW he could push Jones out a bit and let the defender catch him

  61. sharks123 says: Feb 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    49ers and their fans are accused of whining all the time. That’s all you WHINERS are doing here. Big time hypocrites!

  62. belgaron says: Feb 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    49ers cheat on every play…holding…PI…but this was really one of the worst examples of cheating.

  63. jtbsteeler says: Feb 5, 2014 12:01 PM

    Six rings. Beat the Seahawks to get one of them.
    #scoremorethan10points

  64. ashoreinhawaii says: Feb 5, 2014 12:13 PM

    What the hell is a “gunner?”

  65. syrinx35 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:25 PM

    ” Why wasn’t the 49ers granted a roughing into the kicker penalty? – They almost took Andy Lee’s planted foot off.”

    If you watch the replay, which I did several times, you will see that after leaping to try and block the punt, the Seahawk player had landed on the ground and was stopped when Andy Lee landed on top of him.

  66. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Feb 5, 2014 12:38 PM

    sw19womble says:Feb 5, 2014 7:32 AM

    It was the Seahawks player running around, in and out of people, ten yards inside the 9ers area.

    A bit of a joke that he went so deep IMO.

    I’ll accept he got a clout, and it looked somewhat intentional, but serves him right for being there.
    Lucky for him _he_ didn’t draw the penalty for not trying to get back onto the field immediately, instead of taking his magical mystery tour through the Niners playing and coaching staff.
    ================================

    Genius…he was forced out of bounds, something that is quite typical on kickoffs. However having a guy purposely stick his forearm out and blindside you?…not so common.

    Then again I’d expect nothing less from a team coached by such a tool.
    ————————————————-
    Hey, genius! That is legal! What is illegal? Not giving every effort to get back into the field of play. If you choose to (illegally) stay on the sideline to avoid the blocker keeping you from the play, then you are succeptible to a forearm shiver from an unpadded guy who is going to be given every right to defend himself from getting an ankle or knee rolled into! You Niner haters are ridiculous!!!!!

    In Harbaugh we trust! The rest of you can suck it with envy!

  67. cursedvikings1998 says: Feb 5, 2014 12:51 PM

    Hey Steelers fans, stop whining. No team in the history of the NFL has received more favoritism than the Steelers.

    And this 49er mishap happened AWAY from the play completely. It had no impact on the play whatsoever.

    Mike Tomlin, on the other hand, literally took points off the scoreboard with his egregious infraction!

  68. pfromvv says: Feb 5, 2014 12:55 PM

    Its funny I keep reading people calling 49er fans “whiners”. While most of these comments are whining and crying that they didn’t get fined for this sideline contact.

    Takes one to know one I guess.

  69. dstep24 says: Feb 5, 2014 1:09 PM

    The league is dumb. And obviously biased toward the Niners. One watch of the tape on a fuzzy youtube video makes it pretty obvious the mystery turd leaned into Lane and then took a step toward him after the blow. What a joke.

  70. jtbsteeler says: Feb 5, 2014 1:15 PM

    Ask James Harrison and Ryan Clark about favoritism.
    That league “favoritism” is an excuse to deny the Steelers the GREATNESS that is deserved. 3 SB’s in 7 seasons. About to start another dynasty. AFC teams, you’ve had you chance. Baltimore is done on both sides of the ball. Cincy your QB is a bum choker.

    I see and smell your jealousy.

  71. golfore says: Feb 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    Who cares. Lane is settling in for a parade and a ring sizing. Jimbo is still wondering why his quarterback threw at Richard Sherman to the receiver with the greatest hands in the history of the NFL.

    To the Santa Clara 49ers and all of their very annoying fans. Enjoy the off season.

  72. sdiegosteel says: Feb 5, 2014 1:22 PM

    Okay, that’s one 49er sideline action settled. Now how about the two by Harbaugh where he is on the field of play? He’s on the field for Navorro Bowman’s pick six versus Atlanta and vs the Panthers in the playoffs with a pass to Vernon Davis – - so far onto the field that he’d have to take multiple steps to get inside of the harshmarks. So are coaches allowed to the field of play during a play or not, Raj?

  73. steelerfanjo says: Feb 5, 2014 1:48 PM

    this alone is proof Roger Goodell needs to be fired today. But couple this with him not doing anything to Aldon Smith who was arrested what twice this season? It is a joke.

  74. killitandeatit says: Feb 5, 2014 1:55 PM

    The season is over and the legion of whine continues. Get over it hawks and enjoy your time on top,it will be short.

  75. cinvis says: Feb 5, 2014 1:56 PM

    Just watched the video… Pretty simple… The Seattle player should have been penalized on the play! When a gunner is pushed out of bounds, (which is legal within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage just like a wr being jammed), the gunner must immediately make an attempt to get back on the field. This Seattle gunner kept running out of bounds which is illegal. This is why the SF bench was not fined.

  76. syrinx35 says: Feb 5, 2014 1:58 PM

    The Niners should have been fined for that forearm shiver, but whatever. It was nothing compared to the times Kam Chancellor just decked Vernon Davis both last season and this season to demonstrate why it’s called the Legion of Boom.

  77. bobsnygiants says: Feb 5, 2014 2:01 PM

    if it was the Raiders fine Pats fine Jets fine .

  78. melikefootball says: Feb 5, 2014 2:10 PM

    One thing about Gödel , he has his favorites, both Hairbaughs are in Gödel corner of do no wrong.

  79. realdealsteel says: Feb 5, 2014 2:28 PM

    Very, very, very obvious that the league has a love affair with the Harbaugh boys.

    Goodell is the worse commissioner in sports. Bar none.

  80. tictoccpthook says: Feb 5, 2014 6:02 PM

    Give Tomlin his $100,00o back, please .

  81. dacktle49 says: Feb 6, 2014 1:32 PM

    The league is far from biased toward the 9ers! Did you watch the NFC Championship game?

  82. dnthmn52 says: Feb 6, 2014 2:17 PM

    One thing the 49er and Seahawk fans will get to see next year is three Super Bowl games…. (well actually four).
    Seahawks at 49ers
    49ers at Seahawks
    NFC championship game
    and, yes, the actual boring Super Bowl
    GO HAWKS…….looking forward to next year. ……

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