EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Leslie Frazier, the usually mild-mannered head coach of the Minnesota, was visibly frustrated with the replacement officials in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the San Francisco 49ers and, according to them, he had reason to be.
Twice near the end of Minnnesota's 24-13 win on Sunday, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh called a timeout and then tried to challenge the previous play. Harbaugh was successful after the first attempt, a fumble by Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, which officials ruled as recovered by the 49ers and gave Harbaugh back his previous timeout.
But Harbaugh and San Francisco shouldn't have been allowed to challenge the play because he had just used his final timeout off the game. And even after the challenge, Harbaugh shouldn't have gotten the timeout back.
"He was trying to conserve time," referee Ken Roan told a pool reporter following the game. "What he was doing was calling timeout immediately after the play was over, not kn...