Coming into Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, the San Francisco 49ers led the league in penalties with 23 for 220 yards. If there was a focus on fixing that and not making so many penalties in the week leading up to the game ... well the 49ers failed.
San Francisco started the game with two-straight penalties. In fairness, the one on Donte Whitner was absolutely garbage because he wasn't even close to leading with his helmet. The NFL seriously need to make helmet-to-helmet plays reviewable.
But that aside, the 49ers still committed five penalties on the day. I suppose it's actually improvement in some ways, given that they committed more in Weeks 1 and 2, but it's still not a good look. Anthony Davis was called for a false start at home, and they never specified who was supposed to be called for defensive holding later in the game.
Cornerback Tarell Brown is the one who really [site decorum] the bed. He drew three penalties for pass interference, and every one of them was bad and pretty much blatant. Last week, we discussed how the 49ers eschewed good fundamentals and generally looked terrible for a full 60 minutes. It was Brown who set the pace for that going forward.
Six penalties for almost 50 yards was the final count. Now the 49ers have 29 penalties for almost 300 yards this season. Clearly, something needs to change.