San Francisco safety Madieu Williams was flagged for unnecessary roughness Sunday after a shoulder-to-shoulder hit that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called “extremely clean.” After reviewing the play, the league office agreed with Harbaugh, and disagreed with the official who threw the flag.
Williams was not fined, as the NFL ruled that Williams’ hit was clean, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Referee Jeff Triplette described the hit as a “shoulder to the head of a defenseless receiver,” but the replays showed otherwise. It was a shoulder to the shoulder, which is a textbook example of the right way to hit.
49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks wasn’t so lucky, getting fined $7,500 for a roughing the passer penalty for a hit on Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.