NFC Divisional Playoff
We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Saints-49ers game.
The referee is John Parry. Full crew listings are at the bottom of this post.
The recap, after the conclusion of the night game. Penalties: Saints had no enforced penalties (one was declined), 49ers were penalized 3 times for 33 yards, with 2 penalties declined. Replays: The Saints challenged a fumble which was overturned; the replay booth looked at a 49ers touchdown that was upheld.
4th qtr | 2:18. Apparently, illegal substitution was under review for the touchdown.
Despite the protests of 10 men in the huddle, the 49ers did have 12 men in the huddle. Alex Smith retreated from the huddle while another offensive substitute exited the field. The counting starts when the quarterback enters the huddle, and just because he exits the huddle, the penalty is still called.
3rd Qtr | 1:42 Same goes for you, Mr. Williams. Strange that the 49ers would go right back to trying another pick on the play immediately after being called for it.
3rd Qtr | 1:48 That’s a legal check in hockey, or pick in basketball, but not in the NFL, Mr. Ginn.
3rd qtr | 6:40 On a 49ers backwards pass that hit the ground, head linesman Derick Bowers emphatically signaled for a backward pass. This was likely something that was discussed in the officials’ meetings this week after the two incidents from last week.
3rd qtr | 8:43 Drew Brees signaled timeout before the snap (and before the expiration of the play clock), and the play resulted in an incomplete pass. It was a sloppy call to award the timeout after hearing an appeal from Saints coach Sean Payton. Yes, they should have granted the timeout, but they should have shut down the play.
First half statistics. Penalties: Saints 0, 49ers 2 for 28 yards, including the questionable defensive pass interference early in the first quarter. Replay: One replay review reversed a Saints fumble.
Also, Brees’ knee was not down, nor was he past the line of scrimmage.
2nd qtr | :04 A quick shovel pass forward is still ruled an incomplete forward pass, not a fumble.
Once they did call down-by-contact, it is no longer reviewable. But the right call was made on the field. Also, the contact in a down-by-contact call must come after the catch, not before.
2nd Qtr | 1:49 Tarell Brown should be down by contact. Good call to conference and get the call right without the need for replay.
2nd qtr | 12:22. A replay reversal on a catch by Saints receiver Darren Sproles. The initial ruling was that the ball was stripped from his possession prior to his knee touching, but the replay showed otherwise.
First bad call of the game, though that early pass interference was close, too.
2nd Qtr | 12:22 Sproles is clearly down by contact with control. This will be overturned.
Also, there is no helmet-to-helmet contact, as Thomas is not in a defenseless posture. Video of the play: http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d825fe041/Whitner-hit-causes-fumble
1st Qtr | 8:44 Pierre Thomas fumbled. Forward progress would only be called if the runner was wrapped up and being pushed backwards.
1st Qtr | 11:34 Enough contact + head not turned around is pass interference on Whitner.
Line judge Rusty Banes gets a postseason assignment in his first year of eligibility.
- R — #132 John Parry (12th year, 5th as referee)
- U — #64 Dan Ferrell (9th year)
- HL — #74 Derick Bowers (9th year)
- LJ — #59 Rusty Baynes (2nd year)
- FJ — #3 Scott Edwards (13th year)
- SJ — #7 Keith Washington (4th year)
- BJ — #2 Billy Smith (18th year)*
- Alternates — Mike Spanier (#90, LJ from Walt Coleman’s crew), Kirk Dornan (#6, BJ from Mike Carey’s crew)
*Smith is a substitute from Walt Anderson’s crew.