How upset was San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin after the loss to the Arizona Cardinals? According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, Boldin said the 49ers were playing against two opponents the Cardinals and the officials.
Referee Gene Steratore’s crew penalized the 49ers nine times for 107 yards, while costing the team a potential victory. Two penalties that proved to be a game-changer were hits on Cardinals QB Drew Stanton. The first penalty was committed by OLB Dan Skuta as he hit Stanton while he was initiating the slide. The second penalty came by ILB Patrick Willis as he supposedly hit Stanton with the “crown of his helmet.” I reviewed both plays and both should not have been called in my opinion. Although both plays looked violent they were textbook and in fact legal. However, penalties resulted and ultimately cost the 49ers a victory.
Boldin went on to say, “For me, it’s been obvious the last two weeks the amount of calls that have gone against us and the amount of calls that we’ve gotten. It hasn’t been close. And every week it’s the same thing. You send the tape in, and the NFL just reports back, ‘We made a mistake.’ But at the same time, the crap is costing us games. At some point, they need to be held accountable.”
Boldin who committed a foolish penalty of his own as he head-butted S Tony Jefferson, said the refs did nothing as he voiced his concerns about Jefferson previously to the officials. “My penalty was my penalty. I shouldn’t have did it. The guy’s been taking shots at me the whole game. I told the coach that. I told the ref that three times. ‘I didn’t see it . . . I didn’t see it . . . I’ll look for it.’ But as soon as we do something, wow, they see it. But when guys are doing crap to us, ‘We didn’t catch it.’”
Boldin who was having an emotional conversation with coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines, talked about the exchange as he said, “He asked me a question, and I answered the question. It was after my personal foul, and he said, ‘Could you come to me or come to the ref?’ And I said, ‘Coach, I’ve gone to the ref on three different occasions. That’s not helping at all.’ ”
With the 49ers preparing for the Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) they will need to re-group in a hurry as they are a playoff contender likely winning the NFC East. And if you’re wondering if Boldin will get fined, that’s likely but as a leader of this team it was probably worth it.