On the final play of regulation with the score tied at 24, New Orleans had the ball on the San Francisco 47-yard line and Drew Brees found tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone as time expired. The play was nullified after Graham was called for offensive pass interference after shoving Cox to the turf. Cox responded to the push-off by flailing his arms in the air.
"Man, look here, that wasn't a flop at all," Cox said to FOX Sports.” If they want to call it that, well, if he didn't push me, it would've been an (interception). People can say what they want. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but we came out with the victory and that's all that matters."
San Francisco (5-4) won the game in overtime, 27-24, on Phil Dawson’s 35-yard field goal with 5 minutes and 18 seconds left in the extra period. It was set up by Chris Borland’s fumble recovery off of Ahmad Brooks’ strip sack of Brees.
Graham disagreed with the pass interference call.
"It was definitely not a push-off," Graham said. "I was running down the field and I'm telling myself not to push off, just go up and get it. It's interesting that guys grab me all over the field. I put two fingers on someone and I get it called against me.
"That's why I left basketball."
San Francisco’s victory broke the Saints’ 11-game home winning. They remain three games behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West. The Niners go on the road to play the New York Giants (3-6) on Sunday. New Orleans plays the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3-1).
- Scooby Axson