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Officials blew it not once, but twice after Matthews' late hit

Sep. 9, 2013
 

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San Francisco 49ers tackle Joe Staley (74) fights with Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) after he shoved 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) to the ground as he went out of bounds during Sunday's game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. / Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee/AP

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NFL officials blew the call not once, but twice on Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ late hit of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and the ensuing melee.

Officials after the game said the personal foul penalties against Matthews and San Francisco’s Joe Staley, who retaliated against Matthews, should have been dead ball fouls, meaning the down should have counted.

That would have left the 49ers facing fourth down. As it was the 49ers had a third-and-6 and Kaepernick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.

But on Monday, the NFL reviewed the play again and determined, according to NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino (per Tom Pelissero of USA Today), that Staley should not have been penalized for a personal foul.

In that case, the 49ers would have been awarded a first-and-goal at the Packers’ 3.

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