4 things 49ers did wrong vs. Packers in Week 3
By Peter Panacy
No. 2: All those 49ers third-down pass-interference calls
In total, the 49ers were flagged only four times for 86 yards. And one of those came on the delay-of-game call mentioned earlier, which wasn’t too massive a setback.
But the other three? They were killers.
Killers because each was a defensive pass-interference call on third down. Deommodore Lenoir was flagged for one late in the first quarter on 3rd-and-4. On 3rd-and-6 in the second quarter and at the Packers’ 17-yard line, cornerback Emmanuel Moseley was flagged for the same thing despite Aaron Rodgers’ pass likely not being anywhere close to being caught by the intended target, Davante Adams.
Then, in the third quarter, linebacker Fred Warner committed the seemingly impossible infraction, too, on a 3rd-and-2 play where tight end Robert Tonyan wouldn’t have had a chance to catch the pass anyway.
Green Bay scored touchdowns on two of those drives, extended thanks to the Niners committing those penalties.
Take away just one of those plays, particularly the ones involving subsequent touchdowns, and the game takes on an entirely different outcome.