During the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers game there was an interesting offsetting penalties situation. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hit 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he had run out of bounds at the end of the play. Meanwhile, 49ers tackle Joe Staley was penalized as well.
When the officials were handling the penalties they ordered a replay of third down when it should’ve actually been a fourth down. The 49ers took advantage of the miscall and scored a touchdown on that third down play and ended up winning the game 34-28.
“On the play where the quarterback went out of bounds and was hit late out of bounds. And then there was a subsequent hit by a San Francisco player. The down should have counted,” Leavy said after the game in quotes provided by the 49ers. “The penalties were both dead ball, and they should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. And it would have been fourth down.”
The sad part is that once again the Green Bay Packers were screwed by referees and there is no amount of apologizing that can heal those wounds. This wasn’t quite as dramatic as the touchception they were a part of in that game against the Seattle Seahawks.