Originally posted by Liono:
This doesn't make sense. If an offensive player cannot bat the ball forward, then the ball should NOT be placed at the 35 yard line because it's an illigetiment way to move the football according to NFL rules. If a RB throws the ball forward out of bounds the offense would not get the ball where it lands if the defense declined the penalty. Declining the pentalty should result in getting the ball where it was TOUCHED. Either the refs botched this or it's a stupid rule.
If the 49ers accept the penalty, the Seahawks get pushed back 10 yards FROM THE ORIGINAL LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, not the spot of the foul. No offensive penalty is called from the spot of the foul, they're always called from the line of scrimmage. Also, outside of intentional grounding, all accepted offensive penalties have the down replayed.
The only reason the 49ers declined the penalty is because the ball went out of bounds and it was 4th down.
If Seattle had recovered the ball past the first down marker, Harbaugh would have accepted the penalty and forced Seattle to punt the ball again.
The only way the 49ers would have gotten the ball where it was batted is if the Seahawks player had recovered the ball and was down by contact since it was 4th down and Seattle didn't advance the ball past the first down marker.
[ Edited by linkboy on Dec 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM ]