49ers get extra timeout, Goldson disputes roughness call


49ers get extra timeout, Goldson disputes roughness call


MINNEAPOLIS -- Replacement referee Ken Roan admitted to giving the 49ers an extra timeout in the team's 24-13 loss to Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.The confusion arose when 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called timeouts immediately after two late Minnesota run plays. Then, Harbaugh threw the red flag to determine whether his old Stanford running back Toby Gerhart fumbled.
With 3:33 remaining, Harbaugh called a timeout immediately after a Gerhart running play. Then, he challenged whether Gerhart fumbled. Roan ruled that Gerhart did fumble, and linebacker Patrick Willis recorded it. Roan gave the timeout back to the 49ers.
"So he called a timeout immediately after the play was over," Roan told the pool reporter. "Then realizing that, 'Hey this is something that I want to challenge, but I just used my last timeout, can I challenge and get my timeout back? How does that work?'"He asked the guys on the side and they came over and got me. What I told him was, 'Well, you challenged it not knowing what the result of the play was going to be.' So I granted him the challenge and we went and looked at it. That was wrong. I should not have."My interpretation of it was that he could do that based upon the time factors and not knowing it was a challengeable play to begin with when he called timeout."The 49ers should have been out of timeouts, but Harbaugh and the 49ers were allowed to challenge another Gerhart fumble with 2:18 remaining in the game. On that play, Gerhart was ruled to have recovered his own fumble.However, two plays later, Gerhart fumbled again and Carlos Rogers recovered it with 1:46 remaining. The 49ers gave the ball right back when Vikings defensive end Jared Allen sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and caused a fumble that Brian Robison recovered. Minnesota was able to run out the clock.However, One important officiating call went against the 49ers in the third quarter when safety Dashon Goldson was called for unnecessary roughness on an incomplete pass for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph.MAIOCCO: Vikings take it to 49ers in Moss' homecoming
"Oh, man, if I had to make a call, it wouldn't have been a call," Goldson said. "I made a good read. The guy came across the middle. First, it wasn't a helmet-to-helmet shot, for sure. I was trying to get out of the way, and he caught my shoulder. And I just got the best of it."What did the official say?"They called it helmet to helmet," Goldson said.Replays showed Goldson's shoulder striking Rudolph's shoulder. That penalty placed the ball at the 49ers' 14-yard line. Five plays later -- after a defensive holding penalty on Rogers -- the Vikings scored a touchdown on Chris Ponder's 2-yard scoring pass to Rudolph for a 24-13 lead.

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.