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Divisional playoff liveblog: 49ers at Panthers

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Today’s crew his headed by Carl Cheffers.

Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 14 California-Irvine sales manager
U 71 Ruben Fowler 8 Leavy Huston-Tillotson retired firefighter
HL 54 George Hayward 23 Corrente Missouri Western vice-president and manager, warehouse company
LJ 100 Tom Symonette 10 Cheffers Florida certified public accountant
FJ 88 Scott Steenson 23 Winter North Texas commercial real estate developer
SJ 62 Ronald Torbert 4 Corrente Michigan State attorney
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 13 Triplette Mississippi State custom home builder
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 201412:56 pm

    This is Carl Cheffers’ 8th postseason assignment (3 wild card playoffs, 3 divisional playoffs, 2 conference championships). Cheffers is in his 6th season as referee.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20141:23 pm

    The opening drive by the 49ers had a few injuries and some post-play shoving. A late-hit foul was called which was very close, and I think the crew is shutting down any of this “marginal” activity to maintain order in the game.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20141:29 pm
    9:18 | 1st qtr. 49ers — Phil Dawson 49-yard field goal. 49ers 3-0.
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20141:37 pm
    4:33 | 1st qtr. 49ers — Phil Dawson 33-yard field goal. 49ers 6-0.
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20141:41 pm

    Panthers gave the 49ers 15 yards on each of the field goal drives. Cheffers’ crew is throwing water on the fire here with the UNR fouls. By flagging early, this might settle things down so that we don’t see an ejection later.

    Image h/t GIFD Sports

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20141:52 pm
    13:40 | 2nd qtr. Panthers — Steve Smith 31-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton. Panthers 7-6.
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20142:14 pm

    Some potential taunting fouls have been let go so far.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20142:15 pm
    3:41 | 2nd qtr. Panthers — Graham Gano 24-yard field goal. Panthers 10-6.
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20142:22 pm

    5:49 | 2nd qtr.Ahmad Brooks was flagged for encroachment, since he had an unabated path to the quarterback. And to Raleigh.

    Image h/t Timothy Burke/Mocksession

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20142:22 pm

    5:49 | 2nd qtr.Ahmad Brooks was flagged for encroachment, since he had an unabated path to the quarterback. And to Raleigh.

    Image h/t Timothy Burke/Mocksession

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20142:40 pm
    :14 | 2nd qtr. Vernon Davis 1-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick. 49ers 13-10
    Booth review (under 2 minutes). Originally ruled incomplete. Call reversed.
    Foul on SF bench. Coach Harbaugh was on the field after the incomplete ruling. It is a foul between downs, and with the replay reversal, the foul carries forward to the kickoff.

    Image of foul h/t SB Nation

    David Root January 12, 20143:08 pm

    0:37 | 2nd Qtr The 49ers had 12 men in the huddle, but it was not called. This is a dead ball foul every time, and a time out cannot avoid the foul. The R, U, LJ, and HL are responsible for counting offensive players and one of them should have made this call.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20143:32 pm

    Looking for an image to show, but the signal Cheffers was giving at the time of the 12 in the huddle was to indicate to all that a player with an ineligible number was reporting to an eligible receiver position. That signal has to be mirrored by all the crew members. Clearly, the focus was on the ineligible, and Cheffers missed the count on the huddle.

    12 in the offensive huddle is not reviewable, even though 12 on the field is.

    For lack of a better description of the signal, it looked like he was illustrating 2 pillars.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20143:33 pm
    8:53 | 3rd qtr. Colin Kaepernick 4-yard touchdown run. 49ers 20-10.
    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20143:39 pm
    7:41 | 4th qtr. 49ers — Phil Dawson 34-yard field goal. 49ers 23-10.
    Mark Schultz Mark Schultz January 12, 20143:57 pm

    2:00 | 4th qtr. Lots of whistles and officials jumping between the players after each play. A good personal foul flag on #22 of the Panthers. The Panthers are very frustrated and frustration could lead to unnecessary roughness. The officials must be vigilant, even when the outcome is decided.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20144:28 pm

    49ers 23-10, final

    Penalties, 14: 49ers 5 for 40 yards, Panthers 8 for 73. One SF penalty declined.

    One replay review: Booth review under 2:00 reversed incomplete into touchdown.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20145:17 pm

    A little bit of inconsistency on some unnecessary roughness fouls. Images h/t GIFD Sports:

    Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers

    Anquan Boldin, 49ers

    These are equivalent, and Boldin’s should have been called, especially in light of the fact that Munnerlyn’s was. Munnerlyn took a few steps to deliver the blow, so it was a little more obvious. However, with Boldin’s headbutt, the umpire is seen coming around to the side, and probably missed the contact.

    Ben Austro Ben Austro January 12, 20147:35 pm

    The 12-in-huddle foul was apparently not called, because the ball was not whistled ready for play. Thus, the foul could not happen. Checking on this later.

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11 thoughts on “Divisional playoff liveblog: 49ers at Panthers

  1. That call on Mike Mitchell was ridiculous, the ball was still in the air when the hit was made. It wasn’t close at all, it was a horrifying call! Stop defending the officials, and I can’t imagine Steve Freeman (who is the worst back judge in the NFL) getting an super Bowl.

  2. Actually the ball had bounced off the ground into the air. I’m a Panther fan but the call was legit. Two years ago it’s nothing but not now.

  3. Horrifying game called by Cheffer’s crew. Very inconsistent flags regarding unnecessary roughness penalties. One head butt on Captain Munnerlynn was called, while another one by Anquan Boldin wasn’t called. Horrible game.

  4. I am astounded that Ben Austro fails to mention the missed head butt call by Anquan Boldin. This site is garbage just like Carl Cheffer’s crew today. The worst officiated NFL game I have ever watched and I have been watching football since 1979.

  5. 12 men on the field on offense. Ref alerted the offense while in the huddle did not throw flag. All in all, refs control the game and can sway momentum whenever they want. Anyonehaving anything to do with the NFL cannot comment on poor officiating without being fined, censored and/or blacklisted. That is just another way of saying, “The fix is in.”

  6. Pathetic is the only word that can explain the officiating, the nfl pays the referees salary. The league caters to marquis players, they want certain matchups to happen,and they make sure that it happens. For example, all u been hearing about is how great it would be for a seahawks-49ers game, with the harbaugh-pete carrol fued, or the brady-manning matchup. They got what they wanted at the expense of the teams that worked so hard to get to the playoffs. It is very cowardly of the nfl, to allow this to continue. I myself am about to boycott the nfl or anything to do with it,if there is not drastic measures done to make evenly called games,if they keep up their less than mediocre,so called officiating, they might as well run for president in 2016.

  7. Any thoughts on the “roughing the quarterback” call at 4:00 of 4th qtr that negated a sack?

    I thought roughing the passer could only be called if a forward pass occurred. It was helmet-to-helmet, but a runner is not a defenseless player and the quarterback had become a runner by that point.

  8. The officiating by Carl Cheffers’ crew was, as typical for a Cheffers-led crew, full of questionable and inconsistent calls. Two 15 yard unnecessary roughness/unsportsmanlike penalties on Carolina in the first quarter for very marginal calls with minimal contact, only to completely ignore any actions by San Francisco in the first half, including the Boldin head butt. Apparantely the 49ers are only penalized when their head coach runs on the field and starts berating the referee in his face. Also a clearly missed 12 men in the huddle penalty is inexcusable. Another very questionable roughing the passer penalty in the second half against Carolina when the game was essentially decided – I suppose this was a make-up call? This crew was a joke. I implore readers of this site to watch Cheffers-officiated games in the future, noting they are full of egregious errors and inconsistent penalties (espeically pass interference and unnecessary roughness/unsportsmanlike penalties). BAL-DET and PIT-GB are perfect, recent examples of uneven officiating by this crew. How Cheffers is eligible for the SB is beyond me. He’s reached Ron Winter levels of incompetence in my view.

  9. Defenders hit receivers after they don’t come up with a catch all the time. Imagine if they weren’t allowed to — the defender would literally have to wait to see whether the guy caught it before starting a hit on him, or risk being penalized for hitting him when he didn’t catch it. The fact that the ball was tipped and the whistle hadn’t been blown should really have given the defender the benefit of the doubt there.

    Also, you make reference to stuff like “trying to put out fires early”, but I have to insist that the refs threw fuel and not water onto the fire by apparently calling it so close against the Panthers and more or less letting the 49ers play. Were the 49ers supposed to take the same “watch yourself” message from the Panthers penalties? Because I can assure you they didn’t.

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