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Ford 'has to be better' after costly penalty in 49ers' loss

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Dee Ford

Sunday afternoon wasn't the first time a Dee Ford offside penalty played a role in his team's loss.

Losing 21-13 at the very beginning of the fourth quarter, the 49ers' defense forced an incomplete pass from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on third-and-6 that was called back because of an offside penalty called on Ford.

Instead of Seattle being forced to punt, the Seahawks scored a touchdown six plays later, proving to be the difference in the game.

“It’s a critical time," Ford said of the penalty after the game. "You never want to be that guy to cost your teams [wins] at a very important time of the game. Just got to be better moving forward. Wasn’t sure if I even saw where I was on that particular play, but you can’t cut it close, you can’t put the game in the ref's hands at that time of the game. I got to be better moving forward.”

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Ford's unfortunate offside penalty played a role in the Seahawks' 28-21 win over the 49ers in Week 4, but it wasn't his first offside penalty that ended up hurting his team in a big game.

Flash back to the 2018 AFC Championship Game, when Ford -- playing for the Kansas City Chiefs at the time -- lined up offside and negated what would have been a game-winning interception of then New England Patriots QB Tom Brady that sent Kansas City to the Super Bowl. 

 

His offside penalty in Week 4 against the Seahawks wasn't nearly as costly, but still played a role in another frustrating loss.

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