And Jim Harbaugh should be very appreciative for the officials, too, after his gaffe almost cost San Francisco in a big way.
The officials during Sunday’s playoff game missed an obvious call that helped the 49ers. San Francisco faced first-and-goal on Carolina’s 1-yard line, but the 49ers had 12 players in the huddle. Instead of being penalized, San Francisco was allowed to run the play, which Mike Pereira, former vice president of officiating, said was the incorrect call.
The 12 man in the offensive huddle should have been a dead ball foul on SF. It would have been 1st and goal from the 6 -- not the 1.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 12, 2014
The officials helped out San Francisco on second down by calling a very close replay review in its favor.
Davis was scrambling toward the back of the end zone and quarterback Colin Kaepernick fired a touchdown pass to his tight end. The officials ruled Davis was out of bounds, which prompted 49ers coach John Harbaugh to run onto the field, screaming in protest.
As a result, Harbaugh was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After a review of the play, Davis was awarded a touchdown. Instead of facing third and goal at the 16 because of Harbaugh’s penalty, the infraction was enforced on the kickoff after the score. Had the call on the field stood, it would have been a critical error on Harbaugh. Instead, it didn't matter much.
It is safe to say that Carolina has probably joined the growing list of people unhappy with NFL officiating this season.
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