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Wild Card quick calls: 49ers at Packers

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Today’s crew his headed by Ed Hochuli.

         Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 85 Ed Hochuli 24    Texas-El Paso attorney
U 49 Rich Hall 10 Hochuli Arizona custom cabinetry
HL 28 Mark Hittner 17 Hochuli Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 17 Blakeman Glassboro State vice president, novelty cone company
FJ 50 Mike Weir 12 Carey Missouri owner, sporting goods store
SJ 95 James Coleman 9 McAulay Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 11 McAulay Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager
  • Alternates: Mike Spanier (linesman), Larry Rose (deep), Terry Brown (deep)
  • Replay official: Tom Sifferman
  • Replay assistant: Roger Ruth
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5 thoughts on “Wild Card quick calls: 49ers at Packers

  1. Overall the refs let the players decide the game.

    In a 20-20 game with under 2 minutes to go, why did replay not even review the spot on the Gore run. He got it by a few inches. I think he probably got the yardage but why not stop and have the spot reviewed to determine if anything could overturn the original spot.

  2. The officiating in this game was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE, and in my opinion was conducted by an officiating crew that was biased in favor of the home team. There were multiple, clear defensive pass interference penalties by Packers defensive backs (penalties committed against receivers for whom the passes were intended) which were not called, and which prevented the 49ers from scoring multiple touchdowns in the first half of the game. But perhaps the worst call non-call of the game occurred on the blatant holding penalty by a Packers offensive lineman on a 49ers defensive lineman. Aaron Rodgers would have been sacked on the play, and the Packers would not have scored their final touchdown of the game. All of these non-calls provided a decided advantage to the Packers, and almost decided the outcome of the game. This is not the first game which has occurred at Lambeau Field where the Packers were the beneficiaries of absolutely one-sided, biased officiating. The NFL has a real credibility problem in continuing to permit such poor and biased officiating, especially in such high profile, playoff games.

  3. I agree with David that the officiating was ridiculous but my perspective on it is completely opposite. To me it appeared that the clutch and grab Niners benefitted from every possible non-call. Also what was called against the Niners had very little effect on them but the Packer penalties either killed GB drives or sustained Niner drives.

    Go back and watch Aldon Smith’s head slap on Bakthiari and tell me how that isn’t called in light of the alleged emphasis on player safety. Check out Patrick Willis’ tactic of cleaning up every pile with a helmet to helmet shot on a downed player.

    The refs swallow their whistles only to the extent that it benefits who ever happens to be the flavor of the day team.

    Sunday, in my opinion, it was more the Niners than the Packers. Either way, your team will get screwed eventually and you’ll find yourself asking if the whole sordid mess isn’t rigged.

    And as David eloquently pointed out, the NFL has a serious credibility problem because their end product looks more like WWF than the game we’ve grown up with.

  4. 1) I believe it was this season that Ben Roethelisberger got horse collared on a sack and Mike Pereira tweeted that there was no such thing when the QB is in the pocket.

    2) Green Bay linemen were all but tackling defenders with no calls…except once when it was declined because it was 4th down.

    3) I can understand as long as they are being “fair” letting things go. But if THIS isn’t DPI they should never call it again.

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