SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers got an extra third-down play in the first half because of an officiating error — and scored a touchdown on it.
After a third-and-6 play at the Green Bay 10-yard line in the second quarter, Colin Kaepernick was hit out of bounds by Clay Matthews. The Green Bay linebacker drew a personal foul penalty, but so did 49ers tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Because both penalties came after the play ended with Kaepernick stepping out of bounds without gaining a first down, it should have become fourth down.
However, game officials gave the 49ers another third-and-6 play, and they scored a touchdown.
Had it been correctly marked as fourth down, they likely would have kicked a field goal.
San Francisco won 34-28.
Referree acknowledges error that gave 49ers an extra down in win over Packers: http://t.co/oSUW75FPuz— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) September 9, 2013