49ers got away with pretty blatant intentional grounding before critical…


The officials gave the San Francisco 49ers a gift when they didn’t call a clear intentional grounding before a score against the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay dominated the first half of the Sunday Night Football showdown between the 49ers and the Packers. A late scoring push by the home team, though, altered the momentum.

The refs may thank the officials for that.

Refs screwed the Packers by missing intentional grounding on the 49ers

With only seconds remaining on a second-and-goal from the one-yard line, Jimmy Garoppolo got away with an apparent intentional grounding.

Even 49ers fans must acknowledge that that appears to be grounding. The only individuals who didn’t believe it were the refs on the field, according to reports. Garoppolo was inside the tackle box and there was no receiver in the vicinity. His arm was unaffected while he was being dragged down by a defender. The regulation was created to discourage quarterbacks from taking advantage of situations like these.

If called right, the penalty would have been enormous. Because SF had no more timeouts and there would have been a 10-second runoff instead of a third-and-goal from the one, the half would have ended.

Instead, they were given a second chance and went into halftime down 17-7, not 17-0.

In the second half, San Francisco scored once more to close the gap to three points. In a game that was still tight midway through the fourth quarter, the missed call made all the difference.

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