After Further Review: 49ers-Jets Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

49ers 5-59 (leading to two Jets first downs)
Jets 5-65 (leading to two 49ers first downs)

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Holding by Alex Lewis. Obvious takedown on Javon Kinlaw. George Fant got beaten for a sack anyway so it didn't have much effect. Notably, this was the only offensive line penalty and one of only two so far this season.
  • Matthias Farley holding on a punt. Thomas Hennessy let a player into the backfield and Farley dragged him down, but Braden Mann probably would have got the punt off cleanly anyway.
  • Ryan Griffin offensive pass interference to negate a 27-yard gain. Clear push-off at the catchpoint.

49ers Penalties

  • Mike McGlinchey holding penalty to negate a 67-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert. Clear grab of Neville Hewitt just as he was in a position to make the stop at the second level.
  • Ross Dwelley holding on Tarell Basham. Basham beat Dwelley with a rip move and Dwelley dragged him down.
  • Daniel Brunskill false start.
  • Illegal formation penalty (declined). This was also Dwelley's fault as he motioned into the slot and lined up on the line of scrimmage despite the fact the outside receiver was already on the line of scrimmage so there were only three in the backfield.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • Henry Anderson roughing the passer. Maybe somewhat harsh as he was only a step away, but Anderson didn't need to extend his arms after the pass was clearly already released.
  • Kyle Phillips roughing the passer to negate a third down stop. These ones are always hard because Phillips made a clean hit as the pass was thrown. The penalty was called because the quarterback's head snapped back and hit the turf but it was impossible for Phillips to prevent this without breaking at least two of Newton's laws. He even looked like he tried not to land on the quarterback.
  • Chris Hogan crackback block. Hogan looked confused after this call but the ingredients were there for a flag under the current rules because Hogan was moving in the direction of the ball and made contact below the waist.

49ers Penalties

  • Emmanuel Moseley pass interference on Chris Herndon. The 49ers complained about this call but when you throw a back shoulder throw and the cornerback makes contact with the receiver coming back to the ball without turning his head, that's going to be made 10 out of 10 times. It didn't look like Herndon had enough separation that a deeper or higher pass would necessarily have been an easy catch.
  • Dontae Johnson pass interference on Josh Malone. A good example of a receiver getting good downfield separation, albeit only against a reserve that had been promoted from the practice squad. Johnson grabbed hold of Malone by the jersey to prevent a long completion and possible touchdown.

Notable no-calls

The clearest no-call appeared to be at the end of the first quarter when the play clock ran out on the 49ers with two seconds to go but the officials just let the quarter end. Either the on-screen graphic was wrong or both the 49ers and officials were confused by the layout of the clocks at the stadium.

The officials initially ruled that Hogan had fumbled after a hit knocked the ball away from him. Clearly that was not a catch because he didn't hold the ball long enough to make a move, so they correctly changed that without needing a review.

Another contentious call was when the 49ers nearly downed the ball at the one-yard line but again replays indicated the call on the field was correct because the gunner's foot was on the goal line as he batted the ball back.

Quinnen Williams' first half sack could easily have been overturned by a roughing penalty because he tackled Jimmy Garoppolo low, especially since Garoppolo was injured on the play. This would have been harsh since Williams was falling, not diving to make the low hit, but it's worth mentioning because he was flagged in the same situation last week.

Otherwise, there didn't seem to be many significant missed calls.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...