Anquan Boldin rips officiating

ESPN logo
Monday, September 22, 2014

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin went off on the officiating Sunday, blaming the referees' disparity in calls the last two weeks for playing a large part in the San Francisco 49ers losing both games.

"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 hasn't been close," Boldin said Sunday after the 49ers' 23-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

"Every week, it's the same thing -- send the tape in, the NFL just reports back, 'We made a mistake.' But at the same time, the crap cost us another game. At some point, they need to be held accountable."

Boldin called the disparity and timing of the calls "unbelievable," adding, "If you're going to call it, call it both ways."

Asked if great teams should be able to play through such things, Boldin, who owned his unnecessary roughness penalty for head-butting Tony Jefferson, shrugged.

"You try to," he said, "but at crucial points in the game like that, how can you?"

Two particularly galling penalties from the Niners' perspective: On consecutive plays in the third quarter with the 49ers clinging to a 14-13 lead, linebacker Dan Skuta was flagged for unnecessary roughness on his tackle near the head of a sliding Drew Stanton on a second-and-6 play then Patrick Willis drew a roughing-the-passer penalty on Stanton.

The 30 yards in penalties helped the Cardinals on their 66-yard, five-play TD drive that gave them a 20-14 lead with 4:39 to go in the third quarter.

"We've got to do a better job -- as coaches and players," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, "of not getting those penalties."

Overall, San Francisco was flagged nine times for 107 yards; the Cardinals drew five flags for 36 yards.

In their 28-20 Week 2 loss at home to the Chicago Bears, the 49ers were flagged a franchise-worst 16 times for 118 yards. The Bears were penalized 10 times for 58 yards.

The 49ers, who have advanced to the NFC Championship Game in each of the past three seasons, are off to a 1-2 start. 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.

Related Video