Harsh repercussions for 49ers

Mailbag: Controversial Week 11 calls put 49ers on unfavorable playoff path

Originally Published: November 20, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Whether or not the Ahmad Brooks personal foul on Drew Brees was a legal hit can be debated. The non-call of pass interference involving the Carolina Panthers and Rob Gronkowski on Monday night can also be debated.

What can't be debated is the impact of those plays on the NFC playoff race. The penalty on Brooks allowed the New Orleans Saints to continue their field goal drive to tie Sunday's game at 20 and eventually beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-20. The Gronk non-call ...

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