The referees from Sunday’s 49ers-Saints game had a bigger role in the game than the 49ers would have liked. Early on, the referees correctly ruled a touchback in the 49ers favor after a Colin Kaepernick interception. But as the game went on, it seemed that the Saints got the breaks on a few borderline calls. The biggest of which was a personal foul penalty called on 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
Brooks sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees late in the 4th quarter which caused Brees to fumble. The 49ers recovered the fumble and the game was essentially over. But unfortunately for Brooks and the 49ers, Brooks was flagged for a unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting Brees in the neck. The Saints kept the ball, tied the game, and eventually won the game on a last second field goal by Garrett Hartley.
Predictably, the turn of events didn’t sit too well with the 49ers, particularly Ahmad Brooks. And in his assessment of what happened on the borderline calls, Brooks thinks the referees “were for” the home team Saints.
“I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” Brooks said. “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this s— is bull—-. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”
It was at home,” Brooks said. “It was Drew Brees. And maybe the officials were for the New Orleans Saints a little bit more than the 49ers. I think it’s B.S., man.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time that a player has insinuated that the NFL or referees were for a certain team and it won’t be the last.