San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin told reporters after the 49ers loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday that the officials had cost the team another game. The 49ers took a 14-6 lead into halftime, but didn't score again. They lost to the Cardinals, 23-14.
The 49ers took a 14-6 lead into halftime but didn't score again in a 23-14 loss.
San Francisco, which lost to the Chicago Bears last week, has struggled with penalties in the losses. Against the Cardinals, the 49ers had nine penalties called for 107 yards. Arizona had five for 36 yards.
In Week 2 against Chicago, they were flagged 16 times for 118 yards. The Bears racked up 10 flags compiling 58 yards.
From The Sacramento Bee:
“For me, it’s been obvious the last two weeks: The amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of calls that we’ve gotten hasn’t been close,” Boldin said. “Every week, it’s the same thing – send the tape in, the NFL just reports back, ‘We made a mistake.’ But at the same time, the crap cost us another game. At some point, they need to be held accountable.”
On Sunday, Boldin was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he headbutted Cardinals cornerback Tony Jefferson in the third quarter. At the time, the 49ers had first-and-goal on the Cardinals' six-yard line. San Francisco eventually attempted a field goal that was blocked by Arizona.
More from The Sacramento Bee:
Boldin said he had been “taking shots” from the Cardinals defensive backs all game.
“Told the coach that; told the ref that three times,” Boldin said. “‘Oh, I didn’t see it. I’ll look for it.’ But as soon as we do something, wow, you see it. But when guys are doing crap to us, ‘We didn’t catch it.’”
- Sarah Barshop