San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was penalized for being out on the field to protest a call near the end of Sunday's first half against the Carolina Panthers.
This great picture by Bob Donnan of USA Today Sports shows Harbaugh didn't have to travel far to argue. Seriously, just look at that picture. Somewhere Harbaugh's brother-in-law Tom Crean, the excitable coach of Indiana basketball with a penchant for roaming, is looking at it and saying "Too far, man, too far."
The play Harbaugh was watching was Vernon Davis' grab on the edge of the end zone. The catch was originally ruled out of bounds, causing Harbaugh to lodge his protest. That resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and it appeared as if the 49ers would be facing 3rd-and-goal from the 16-yard line. The call, however, was overturned for a touchdown and the penalty was assessed on the kickoff. The Niners took a three-point lead into halftime and later took home a 23-10 win over the Panthers. Donnan's picture later went viral on Twitter.
So, no harm, no foul for Harbaugh's roaming and now Niners fans all have a nice souvenir of their team's triumphant trip to Carolina. Maybe next time he'll smile.
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