49ers mum about pass interference call, for now

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Last night’s game turned on a questionable offensive pass interference call. When questioned about it after the game, various 49ers opted not to say anything controversial about the potential controversy.

Said receiver Trent Taylor, who drew the flag, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports California: “I ran the route the way it was called, the way I always run it. Felt good about it. And it was a great play call. But the ref’s decision on that is nothing I can comment on.”

Taylor didn’t say much. The guy who threw the pass didn’t say much more.

“I don’t want to get fined,” quarterback Brian Hoyer told reporters after the 41-39 loss.

But what did you see on the play, Brian?

“I don’t see it because I’m throwing into a spot,” he said. “In that time of the game I would think you would let people play. But I haven’t seen it. I have to go and watch the film. You know what, you don’t want to leave it up to the refs’ hands anyways. You hope you make a few plays earlier in the game to change the outcome. If it comes down to that, then that’s what it is. That’s what the guy’s job is to do.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said even less about the play.

“I didn’t see it,” Shanahan told reporters. “They didn’t show it up on the screen, so I never saw it.”

The rest of us only saw one angle, which was inconclusive at best. At worst, there was no interference at all, and one of the most exciting Thursday night games the league has ever presented possibly was determined by an what Marv Levy would call an over-officious jerk.

22 responses to “49ers mum about pass interference call, for now

  1. It’s obvious that the league needed LA to win this game. The NFL is having a hard time gaining the attention of LA residents and the league needed to help the Rams gain market share in a tough market. Nothing personal – just a simple business decision.

  2. The irony of all that is the Rams LT was holding all night long by grabbing the shoulder pads and sleeves of the defenders. And he got away with it again and again and again…

  3. Given the coverage at the games and the sheer number of cameras present it would be amazing to hear that only that one angle was available.

  4. NFL officiating is at least as bad as the NBA now. And the NBA officiating is in the same league as WWF officiating on some nights. Maybe the reason ratings are dropping is because people are beginning to realize that what they are watching is becoming more of a scripted outcome and less of a straight up contest. I lovve watching the NFL as a sport but if they kill the honesty of it, I’m done.

  5. not a fan of either team, dont care about their divisions, but the receivers right arm was straight down when he made the break, its impossible to push someone with ur arm straight down. Bad call for sure.

  6. In SB51 with supposedly the best crew, Shea McClellin executed the perfect PAT block stopping 1 point which would have ultimately meant the Pats would have won in regular time, but the refs wrongly called an illegal formation. A formation for crying out loud, when the guys aren’t even moving but posed in freeze-frame! They said McClellin was illegaly lined up opposite the snapper but replays clearly showed he was not. How hard is that? The only reason we don’t hear about it is because (a) it’s the Pats and (b) they won in OT.

  7. Too often officials call what they think happened and not what they actually see. Oh, the DB is moving – he must have been pushed. That’s not how to call a game. Call only what you see, and if the cameras show that it didn’t happen then you can’t possibly have seen it. Don’t anticipate or extrapolate or try to deduce anything; that’s not your job. Call what you see.

  8. Hoyer nailed it. Make more plays earlier in the game so it doesn’t come to this. But I agree the flags should be damn few at the end of any game.

  9. Im still shocked that turned out to be a good exciting football game. But geez it really did.

  10. Nothing worse than to become invested in a game that you didn’t think you’d care about, spend 3.5 hours watching, just to have it destroyed in the final 2 minutes by a phoney call that changes the outcome of the game. I’m a huge NFL homer but that was blatant and ridiculous.

  11. I stopped watching boxing several years ago when it became obvious that the guy who won, wasn’t awarded the win. The fights were/are fixed. We have the technology to referee football games from the booth, and get everything accurate. The folks running the league aren’t stupid. They’re pretending to be stupid with the dumb replay system they employ. Something ain’t right.

  12. TheWizard says:
    September 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Make more plays earlier in the game so it doesn’t come to this.
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    Why do people keep making this dumb argument? How does anyone know what a game is going to come to? Some games get decided on one or two plays, and referees making a bad call shouldn’t be one of those plays.

  13. mmack66, I agree; the game is the game. What happens earlier is irrelevant because it already happened. You play the game that’s in front of you.
    The same with people who whine about letting them play at the end of the game. The rules don’t change just because there are two minutes to go; and they shouldn’t. The rules define the game; without them there is no game.

  14. pkrlvr says:
    September 22, 2017 at 9:50 am
    Nothing worse than to become invested in a game that you didn’t think you’d care about, spend 3.5 hours watching, just to have it destroyed in the final 2 minutes by a phoney call that changes the outcome of the game. I’m a huge NFL homer but that was blatant and ridiculous.
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    That’s a bit over-dramatic. Number one, you have no idea if it would have changed the outcome of the game. The Niners would have had the ball at the 40 with clock running. No guarantee they score from there. Number two, there was no angle that showed definitively that he didn’t push off, so you really have no idea how bad the call was. Number three, the notion that Refs should eat their whistles in the last two minutes of a game is ridiculous- if it’s a penalty in the first quarter, it’s a penalty in the fourth quarter. Number four, you could argue that the Niners should never have had the ball in the first place since the onside kick was questionable as to whether it was delay of game or not.

    I prefer not to single out individual moments that did or not “change the outcome of a game”, but if you are looking for one here, blamed the missed extra point that forced the Niners to go for two after their last touchdown.

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