Nov 20, 2013 1:07 PM
According to ESPN, The NFL fined San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks $16,000 for his hit Sunday on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. They are citing a league source with the information.
Brooks' coach, Jim Harbaugh, still believes Ahmad Brooks made a clean hit on Drew Brees and should have been credited with a game-clinching fumble, according to the Associated Press. Instead, Brooks was flagged for a personal foul on the Saints quarterback in the waning minutes Sunday and the 49ers watched Garrett Hartley kick a pair of late field goals to lift New Orleans over the reigning NFC champions 20-17.
"The play occurred that occurred. I thought Ahmad hit at the right level, hit at the shoulder level. The quarterback kind of shrunk down and that's the official's call to make. I'm going to see it the way I see it and that's going to be a slanted view. I really don't know much more to say about that."
"All I remember is just getting clothes-lined in the chin and as I'm on the ground, I'm saying, 'That's got to be a flag,'" Brees said. "One of my teammates kind of picked me up and said, 'Are you all right?' and he said, 'Don't worry, there's a flag.' "I said, 'All right, good.' Just took a moment, and you've got to get ready to go."
Brooks said after the game that that play was likely the difference in the 49ers leaving the Big Easy with a loss. "It's very frustrating. The game could have gone in a totally different direction," he said. "And I'm mad because that was a big call in the game, and then we lost the game, and that's probably the reason why."