Things got a little chippy at the end of the 49ers-Cardinals game on Sunday.
With roughly 3:30 left in the fourth quarter, 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard scrambled. As he went into his slide, he was hit hard by Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea.
Beathard's teammates came to his defense. Pushing and shoving ensued. At the tale end, Arizona defensive lineman Frostee Rucker shoved 49ers running back Carlos Hyde to the ground.
After the refs sorted everything out, four penalties were called. Hyde, Rucker and Cardinals defensive lineman Haason Reddick were ejected. Beathard stayed in the game despite the hard hit. Bethea was assesed a personal foul penalty for the hit.
After the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked how expected his players to handle the balance between protecting their quarterback and stepping over the line.
"There's a very fine line. I want our guys to be smart. I know Carlos was the one that ended up getting ejected. I didn't see Carlos throw a punch. I don't know exactly what he did. I did see punches get thrown at him. I did see him get knocked over a couple times. I really love how he went and got our quarterback's back. I think our quarterback had a couple helmet's to the head when he was in the pocket a few plays before and then he scrambled and sliding and got one again. I think our players had had enough," Shanahan said.