Dramatic 49ers Comeback Ends On One Of The Worst Pass Interference Calls You’ll Ever See


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Thursday Night Football games are notoriously terrible, what with athletes playing arguably the most physically grueling team sport with three fewer days to recover than they’re used to.

So a Thursday-night game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, two of the NFL’s most miserable squads in 2016, would be particularly ugly, didn’t exactly inspire excitement.

Then kickoff came, and the Rams and 49ers treated those fans brave enough to tune in to one of the better regular season games you’ll see in a while.

The game had it all.

Early scoring.

Big plays.

Several insane Pierre Garcon catches.

A game-changing late turnover to aid a 49ers comeback—they were down by as much as 15 midway through the fourth quarter.

And a picture-perfect onside kick.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an NFL game without an official’s contributing to the contest’s outcome. And it wouldn’t be an NFL game refereed by Jeff Triplette and his crew without the game’s hinging on a downright terrible call or 12.

With just under two minutes remaining and the 49ers down by two, rookie wide receiver Trent Taylor ran an out route for 11 yards against cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

But Taylor, who’s listed at just 5’8″ and 181 pounds, was inexplicably called for offensive pass interference on the play.

Frustratingly, this is the only angle of the play offered by the broadcast. But perhaps there’s no better evidence against the call than the fact that no one on the Rams sideline even considered hoping for a pass interference on the play.

With a third-and-20 scenario, the 49ers were unable to gain a first down, effectively ending the contest with a score of 41-39.

San Francisco quarterback Brian Hoyer was asked about the controversial call after the loss.

“I don’t want to get fined,” he said.