Flag on Brooks does not compute

Flag on Brooks does not compute
September 22, 2011, 10:00 pm
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In the first week of the regular season, 49ers free safety Madieu Williams was called for an unnecessary-roughness penalty that -- upon NFL review -- was deemed legal.Williams was not fined but, obviously, the 15-yard penalty remained on the record.On Sunday, the 49ers were victimized by another poor call -- and this one was a game-changer.
With two minutes remaining in the second quarter and the 49ers leading the Cowboys 14-0, the 49ers' defense held on a third-and-9 situation when Tony Romo's pass fell incomplete.But the Cowboys received a second life when Ahmad Brooks was ruled to have lined up in the neutral zone. Now, facing a third-and-4 from the Dallas 47, Romo hit Miles Austin on a 53-yard touchdown to cut the 49ers lead to 14-7 at halftime.Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was asked Thursday whether Brooks was, indeed, offside on the play. His answer was succinct and required no follow-up."No," Fangio concluded.