On Friday, it was announced that linebacker Ahmad Brooks won his appeal and had his fine overturned for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Brooks appealed his fine of $15,750 to league appeals officer Matt Birk for the hit on Brees, and won. He was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the sack that forced a fumble and was recovered by the 49ers. However, the penalty negated the results of the play and New Orleans was awarded the football, plus 15 yards. At that point in the game the Niners were up by three points. The Saints went on to win with two field goals.
After the game the NFL called the penalty the “absolutely correct call.” Niners fans called BS and heavily disputed the penalty because Brooks was not internationally trying to clotheslined Brees. In the end, the loss to the Saints in Week 11 proved to be one of the reasons why the 49ers did not win the NFC West title.