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Referee explains controversial safety

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Referee explains controversial safety

ST. LOUIS -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's intentional grounding penalty in the third quarter resulted in the St. Louis Rams' first two points of the game in the 49ers' eventual 16-13 overtime loss on Sunday.Kaepernick was called for intentional grounding as he retreated into the end zone on a play that originated from the 17-yard line. It's a legal throwaway if the quarterback is outside the tackle box and the throw is beyond the line of scrimmage even if it's thrown out of bounds.Maiocco's Instant Replay: Rams 16, 49ers 13
"He (referee Carl Cheffers) said it didn't make it to the line of scrimmage," Kaepernick said. "I think it did."Replays appeared to indicate that Kaepernick's throw passed the line of scrimmage.
"It was an intentional grounding," Cheffers told a pool reporter after the game. "The quarterback rolled out of the pocket and he needs one of two things: He either needs a receiver in the area or he needs to throw the ball beyond the line of scrimmage."The official on that side of the field came to me and reported that neither of those things took place. So we have intentional grounding. And because he threw the ball from the end zone, by rule, that penalty is enforced and the result of the enforcement is a safety, by rule."Is the play subject to a challenge and review?"No, it is not," Cheffers said. "It's all judgment. So none of that is subject to a review."No aspect of that is reviewable. The result of the play is not a scoring play, it's a penalty enforcement that results in a score. There's just no aspect of that play that, by rule, is challengeable."

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

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Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”

49ers sign veteran defensive lineman

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49ers sign veteran defensive lineman

The 49ers signed veteran defensive tackles Tony McDaniel and Leger Douzable, the team announced.

The 49ers placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead in injured reserve with a broken hand and released veteran tight end Logan Paulsen to make room for McDaniel and Douzable on the 53-man roster.

Armstead, who is scheduled to undergo surgery for a broken hand. Armstead was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and is not expected back for approximately two months.

Paulsen was used primarily as a blocking tight end. He saw action in the 49ers' first six games and did not catch a pass. The 49ers promoted undrafted rookie tight end Cole Hikutini to the active roster on Saturday.

McDaniel, 32, has not appeared in an NFL game this season after starting 10 of the 16 games in which he played last season with the Seattle Seahawks. In his 12-year career, McDaniel has played for Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, Tampa Bay and, again, Seattle. He has recorded 11.5 career sacks.

Douzable was among the team's final cuts before the start of the regular season. An eight-year veteran, Douzable has seen action with the Giants, Rams, Jaguars, Jets and Bills.