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Brooks: Maybe officials 'were for' the Saints

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07:21 AM ET 11.18 | In the eyes of the 49ers, Sunday could have ended like this: sack, fumble recovery, win. In a contest that turned on a controversial personal-foul penalty on outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks late in the fourth quarter, the 49ers suffered a punch-in-the-gut 23-20 loss to the Saints on Sunday on Garrett Hartley's 31-yard field goal as time expired. ... Of course, it's possible the road to the playoffs would be a little easier if the Brooks' sack had stood late in the fourth quarter. After the game, Brooks shook his head in a quiet visitor's locker room. "It was at home," Brooks said. "It was Drew Brees. And maybe the officials were for the New Orleans Saints a little bit more than the 49ers. I think it's B.S., man."

San Francisco Chronicle

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November 18, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Saints always get a little home cooking down yonder.

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November 18, 2013  07:37 AM ET

I saw the side judge shove the 49 ers defender into the Saints player who gave the fair catch sign. It's the officials' fault!

November 18, 2013  08:11 AM ET

While not a 49ers fan, it was sad to see such an important game decided by very questionable calls. Not the first game decided this way, but still sad.

November 18, 2013  08:23 AM ET

a little voodoo magic seals the win

November 18, 2013  08:30 AM ET

That comment will get him called up on the carpet.

November 18, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Cry me a river, 49ers...

November 18, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Someone please give the kid his ball back so he will quit crying.......

November 18, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While not a 49ers fan, it was sad to see such an important game decided by very questionable calls. Not the first game decided this way, but still sad.

I really didn't agree with the call, but the Saints were clearly the better team.

November 18, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While not a 49ers fan, it was sad to see such an important game decided by very questionable calls. Not the first game decided this way, but still sad.

True it is sad for any game to be decided by poor officiating. And when I have seen it in other games I complained for those other teams.

This was a blatantly poorly officiated game. After the game I wanted Harbaugh to stand up and take the fine and make a statement for what it was, poorly officiated.

The personal foul at the end of the game held no merit and talking head Mike Periera of FOX never contradicts the referees call of unsportsmanlike penalties. There was no helmet to helmet, no horse collar, no face mask, no clothes line, Brooks didn't even violently throw him to the ground, you can clearly see where Brooks are in throughout the play. I like what Dennis Green said; " If you are going to call personal foul then explain the personal foul"

Early in the game Troy Aikman pointed out 2-3 plays where he said ; " New Orleans was lucky the didn't get called for holding or pass interference. On two replays they replay shows a ref 4 feet away from the ball, the Saints defender with his hand on the 49er WR and plus you can see the 49er jersey in his hand and there was NO CALL.

Games like this should be investigated not by the NFL but by the FBI or ATF because of the concern of point shaving.

LIke I have said before the NFL needs to put a referee in the broadcasting trailer where he has full access to several screens. This guy could no call penalties but he could overturn bad calls and you probably would not have to use RED FLAGS because every play would be corrected. THis would also be useful in the many plays were one player pushes or punches a player and the guy that retaliates gets called, this would allow the ref in the trailer to tell the field ref what really happened. Taunting and pushing are plays in which it really allows the ref to show favoritism because he has an easy out he can claim he interpreted it differently. I have seen many a game where refs never call the late pushing and shoving, and then another group of refs will call a player for giving a slight bump. In the game against Green Bay when Clay Matthews launched himself a Kaepernick when Kaepernick was out of bounds then Joe Staley stood between 2 players that might have started fighting and he was called for unsportsmanlike which nullified Matthews late high hit. THe refs came out afterward and said it was a bad call.

THe NFL has for to long let players , coaches, owners, referees amend the wrong they have done by just saying " I"M SORRY ".

November 18, 2013  08:50 AM ET

If you did not watch the game then you probably shouldn't comment on this game.

If you watched and listened to this game you would know that there was clear favoritism. The secondary of New Orleans were holding 49er receivers all day long.

WHat is really sad, is that now NFL referees will probably take out their frustrations even more in future game on the 49ers for making an honest comment.

November 18, 2013  08:50 AM ET

At first I thought the hit on Brees was worthy of a flag but after seeing a more up-close loop of it, no, it seemed pretty clean to me.

November 18, 2013  08:52 AM ET

Now that's being long winded.

November 18, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I really didn't agree with the call, but the Saints were clearly the better team.

I agree and the Saints/Seahawk game in a clouple of weeks should decide the HFA for the NFC playoffs.

November 18, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Both Harbaughs generate this kind of "the refs are against us" mentality. They are always, always whining about the officials. It is not only classless, it is also bad coaching. Players use it as a crutch and excuse for losing.

November 18, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I really didn't agree with the call, but the Saints were clearly the better team.

I agree that their offense clearly outplayed the 49er defense but that does not excuse the poor officiating that clearly kept some of the Saints drives alive and helped them put up points.

In the play in which Jermary Greer is injured he is clearly all over the receiver, did they not call pass interference on him because he got hurt ?

They even gave Graham a 1st down when the ball clearly did not extend past the 1st down marker, but Harbaughs assistant Eric Mangini had burned both challenges on plays that should have never been challenged. That's another reason for firing Mangini, the guy was hired to help Greg Roman come up with better game plans. It's not helping.

November 18, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I agree and the Saints/Seahawk game in a clouple of weeks should decide the HFA for the NFC playoffs.

What about the 2 remaining games New Orleans has against Carolina ?

November 18, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Alex Smith would like to thank the refs for not calling an interception, it helps his stats. Late in the Denver game on 4th down the refs missed an interception. Denver didn't want the INT because an incomplete call gave them better field position, not that it really mattered at that point in the game, but it was another example of poor officiating.

Hey I encourage all fans to post the number of bad calls they witness each week. Apparently the NFL referees need a Ref in the broadcast trailer.

November 18, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Ya don't have to like the call, but it will get called every time. Above the shoulder/below the knees.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/11/ahmad-brooks-drew-brees-gif/

 
November 18, 2013  09:27 AM ET

One thing every player needs to learn is that over time you're going to have some calls work against you and some questionable calls that favor you. And crying about the ones that go against you never looks good. You can't change things either. Just know that it is what it is and start thinking about the next game.

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