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Mike Pereira: Officials made mistake in skirmish in San Francisco

Clay Matthews

We noted earlier that the second-quarter out-of-bounds tackle from Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick resulted in offsetting penalties and a replay of third down. And on that replay of third down, the 49ers capitalized with a Kaepernick-to-Anquan Boldin 10-yard TD pass.

However, did the officials err in resetting the down to third down as opposed to giving the 49ers fourth down at the Green Bay six-yard-line?

Former NFL officiating executive and current Fox analyst Mike Pereira says that’s the case.

“QB #7 was short of the first down. Dead ball fouls offset. Should have been 4th and 2. Might have cost GB 4 points,” Pereira wrote on Twitter.

To review, the Niners faced a 3rd-and-6 from the Green Bay 10. Kaepernick gained just four yards on his scramble. If the down counted, the 49ers would have faced 4th-and-2 from the Green Bay 6, and the result well could have been a Niners field goal attempt.

Instead, the 49ers got another shot at third down — and they capitalized.