After 49ers kicker Phil Dawson nailed a game-winning field goal at Lambeau Field, FOX eventually focused on a replay that showed the ball pass through the arms of Packers cornerback Davon House, who had come around the edge for the block.
FOX didn’t point out that, if House had blocked the kick, the 49ers would have gotten another chance, five yards closer.
House was offside. The play-by-play at NFL.com reveals the penalty. While the game broadcast made no mention of a flag, referee Ed Hochuli can be heard during the post-kick celebration saying “touchdown” before correcting himself and declaring that a field goal had been scored.
Apparently, Hochuli’s microphone wasn’t engaged for the beginning of his distinctly non-Hochulian explanation of the penalty and the outcome.
That should actually improve the mood of any Packers fans who are feeling tantalized by the near-miss. Even if House had blocked the kick, Dawson would have gotten the same Mulligan that Ryan Succop should have gotten last Sunday against the Chargers.