The San Francisco 49ers are up in Seattle preparing for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but we have one last bit of news related to last week's win over the Carolina Panthers. The league handed down fines for Divisional round games, and the 49ers are facing a pair of them.
Anquan Boldin and Frank Gore were each fined $7,875 for actions in Sunday's game. Boldin's fine is due to his head butt that did not draw a penalty flag. Gore's fine was due to grabbing Thomas Davis' facemask. Dan Skuta was not fined after getting called for unnecessary roughness on his sack of Cam Newton. Skuta came charging in, and when Newton turned to roll out of the pocket, he ran smack into Skuta. It seemed like a weak call at the time, and this backs that up.
Boldin's fine is interesting because Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn committed a similar head butt and was penalized, but was not fined. My only guess is the league somehow views the fine as evening things out. Both head butts looked awfully similar to me.
As the 49ers get ready to face the Seahawks, penalties could prove to be critical. These are two physical teams that push the limits of the rules. It will be interesting to see if the refs throw some early flags to establish that they are in charge, or if they'll let the two teams play a little more loose and physical. If they go with the latter, I am fine with that, so long as the rulings are consistent across the field. As long as the 49ers can make adjustments to that, they can work within that framework.
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