49ers Got Extra Third-Down Play

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers got an extra third-down play in the first half because of an officiating error - and scored a touchdown on it.

After a third-and-6 play at the Green Bay 10-yard line in the second quarter, Colin Kaepernick was hit out of bounds by Clay Matthews. The Green Bay linebacker drew a personal foul penalty, but so did 49ers tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Because both penalties came after the play ended with Kaepernick stepping out of bounds without gaining a first down, it should have become fourth down.

However, game officials gave the 49ers another third-and-6 play, and they scored a touchdown.

Had it been correctly marked as fourth down, they likely would have kicked a field goal.

San Francisco won 34-28.


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