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Ahmad Brooks: NFL 'watered down'

Updated: November 18, 2013, 8:20 PM ET
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fuming Sunday after he was called for a roughing the passer penalty that negated a Drew Brees fumble that could have sealed a victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Brooks burst into the backfield and leveled Brees with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by teammate Patrick Willis. If the play had stood, the 49ers, up 20-17 at the time, might have been able to run out the ...

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