Here’s the rule that shows the controversial call in the 49ers/Saints game was correct

I tweeted about this a little while ago because some 49ers fans are still griping that the personal foul call against San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks “cost the 49ers the game.”

Come on. You had seven yards of offense in the 4th quarter. Frank Gore would still be running if he hadn’t dropped a wide-open pass. Oh, and the three-and-out on the drive after the personal foul call didn’t help.

The way the highlights were presented by ESPN, NFL Network and others made it LOOK like that call cost the 49ers the game. Anyone who actually watched the game knows the 49ers had chances. Plenty of them.

Anyway, here’s the rule. You can hate the way it’s written, but don’t say it’s a bad call.

Article 7: Players in a Defenseless Posture. It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.

(a) Players in a defenseless posture are:
(1) A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;
… 
(b) Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is:
(1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, even if the initial contact of the defender’s helmet or facemask is lower than the passer’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him…

Now… on to the Falcons.

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