Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Well the referees in the 49ers-Packers game Sunday were just full of mistakes. On Sunday we learned they erred in a major way by offsetting penalties and replaying a San Francisco third down and on Monday it comes out that Joe Staley shouldn't have been penalized in the first place. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday evening that NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino looked at the tape from the game and concluded Staley was wrongly penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct Sunday. Staley got in Clay Matthews face after the Packers linebacker tackled Colin Kaepernick 4000 feet out of bounds. A fight erupted after Matthews' tackle with Staley getting up in his face and Matthews throwing a blow at Staley's helmet but receiving no penalty for it. What makes this really awkward is that ref Bill Leavy was already downgraded by the NFL for his crew's poor performance in this game. The mistake to have the penalties offset and give the 49ers another third down was critical and could've cost the Packers four points (San Francisco scored a touchdown when Kaepernick hit Anquan Boldin instead of potentially having to kick a field goal). But maybe not -- as it turns out the 49ers should've actually had a first-and-goal from the three-yard line after having the late hit on Matthews marked off.
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