Official admits mistake that allowed 49ers to score touchdown
Referee Bill Leavy, an NFL referee, admitted to a YouWager news source that he realizes that he made a serious mistake in the San Francisco 49ers/Green Bay Packers game. Leavy said his call gave the 49ers the extra down they needed to score a touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Online sportsbook bettors saw San Francisco triumph over Green Bay 34-28.
The call occurred soon after Green Bay’s linebacker, Clay Matthews hit Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco’s quarterback, when he was out of bounds, on a play that ultimately failed to reach the first down marker by 2 yards. Joe Staley, a tackle for San Francisco, jumped at Matthews and grabbed him. This resulted in a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. For Matthews. Leavy, the referee, said this penalty would offset the personal foul. Then the teams replayed the third down. Some of YouWager’s more cynical sports betting enthusiasts called it a ‘Do-Over.’ And not a very good one at that.
Immediately after the game, Leavy told YouWager’s source, “The down should have counted. The penalties were both dead ball, and they should have offset at the spot where the runner went out of bounds. And it would have been fourth down.”
With the added play, Kaepernick managed to make the best of a 10 yard pass to Anquan Boldin for a score. The touchdown gave San Francisco a 14-7 lead.
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay’s head coach, took it all in stride when sportswriters asked about the impact of the official’s mistake. McCarthy generously referred to the call as “part of the game.” He maintained that he was right about the decision to accept an ‘illegal formation’ on the previous play, which gave San Francisco a third-and-6 from the Green Bay 10-yard line position, as opposed to a fourth-and-1 from the 5.
McCarthy told YouWager’s source, “Obviously, the play went into another sequence of plays where there were two fouls called. I don’t really think that even factored in the game. So, if that’s your criticism, then that’s fine.”
Considering Green Bay’s history with botched calls, it’s almost surprising that coach McCarthy was so gracious. YouWager’s serious sportsbook bettors will remember that game in the 2012 NFL football wagering season on Monday night, September 24th, when Green Bay lost to Seattle 14-12. After the game, the league later concluded that the controversial call at the end of the game was incorrect. But it was too late. When substitute referees failed to call offensive pass interference before a last second touchdown, the play won the game for Seattle.