2012 NFC Championship
We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the 49ers-Falcons game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.)
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Today’s crew is headed by Terry McAulay. The full crew list is at the bottom of this post.
Final, 49ers 28-24
San Francisco advances to Super Bowl XLVII
Penalties — Niners 4 for 40 yards, Falcons 2 for 30 yards. Replay reviews — The 49ers challenged a Falcons completion which was upheld (call “stands”). The replay official challenged the Falcons touchdown at 14:54 of second quarter, and it was confirmed.
4th Qtr. | 1:09. I tweeted to Jim Daopoulos asking the officiating expert if there was illegal contact on 4th down incomplete pass by the Falcons. Daopoulos said the contact was within five yards to it was a legal play.
4th Qtr | 8:23. 49ers — Frank Gore 9-yard touchdown run. 49ers 28-24.
4th Qtr. | 13:21 | video. Excellent work by the officials on the Crabtree fumble at the goal line. Line judge Tom Stephan did a great job holding his whistle as Crabtree failed to break the plane of the goal line. Great hustle by umpire Carl Paganelli to dive into the pile during that critical momentum changing scrum.
3rd Qtr | 10:47. 49ers — Frank Gore 5-yard touchdown run. Falcons 24-21.
Halftime, Falcons 24-14
Penalties — Niners 3 for 19 yards, Falcons 1 for 15. Replay reviews — The replay official called for a review on a touchdown that was confirmed.
2nd Qtr | :25. Falcons — Tony Gonzalez 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Falcons 24-14.
2nd Qtr | 1:55. 49ers — Vernon Davis 4-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick. Falcons 17-14.
2nd Qtr | 3:00. Falcons are hit with an
unsportsmanlike conduct foul with some post-play locking up. Falcons defender threw a player to the ground, right at the dead-ball spot, which will be called 100 times out of 100. It added to a 49ers touchdown drive, so that might be enough to get both sides to settle down and play it cleanly.
2nd Qtr | 8:08. 49ers — LaMichael James 15-yard touchdown run. Falcons 17-7.
2nd Qtr | 14:54. Falcons — Julio Jones 20-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Falcons 17-0.
Side judge Gary Cavaletto and back judge Tony Steratore quickly confirm with each other on a very tight touchdown call. Confirmed by replay. GIF animation: http://gif.mocksession.com/2013/01/julio-jones-td-catch/
End of 1st Quarter
1st Qtr | 3:12. Head linesman Wayne Mackie ruled down-by-contact prior to the ball being fumbled on the 49ers kickoff return. It was a quick and decisive call. And it was correct.
1st Qtr | 3:20. Falcons — Matt Bryant 35-yard field goal. Falcons 10-0.
1st Qtr | 11:24. Falcons — Julio Jones 46-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. Falcons 7-0.
McAulay is in his 12th postseason assignment: 2 wild cards, 1 divisional playoff, 7 conference championships, and Super Bowls XXXIX and XLIII.
|R||77||Terry McAulay||15||McAulay||Louisiana State||college officiating coordinator for Big East|
|U||124||Carl Paganelli||14||Winter||Michigan State||federal probation officer|
|HL||106||Wayne Mackie||6||Steratore||Colgate||director of housing|
|LJ||68||Tom Stephan||14||Boger||Pittsburg State||president and CEO|
|FJ||60||Gary Cavaletto||10||Corrente||Hancock||general manager, agricultural operations|
|BJ||112||Tony Steratore||13||Boger||California (Pa.)||co-owner, supply company|
- Alternates: Carl Cheffers (upfield), Greg Bradley (line), Mike Weir (deep)
- Replay official: Earnie Frantz
- Replay assistant: Brian Matoren
- Supervisor: Ed Coukart
- Observer: Jim Duke