The San Francisco 49ers got an extra third-down play in the first half because of an officiating error — and scored a touchdown on the extra play.
After a third-and-6 play at the Green Bay 10-yard line in the second quarter, Colin Kaepernick was hit out of bounds by Clay Matthews. The Green Bay linebacker drew a personal foul penalty, but so did 49ers tackle Joe Staley for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Because both penalties came after the play ended with Kaepernick stepping out of bounds without gaining a first down, it should have become fourth down.
However, game officials gave the 49ers another third-and-6 play, and they scored a touchdown.
Had it been correctly marked as fourth down, they likely would have kicked a field goal.
San Francisco won 34-28.
Fan dies at Candlestick
A fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park during the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game.
San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy says multiple people witnessed the man’s fall onto a sidewalk from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around Candlestick.
According to police, witnesses say the man appeared intoxicated when he fell just after kickoff at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but the man was declared dead from his injuries.
Shyy says the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, suffered serious injuries. It was not immediately clear how many feet he had fallen.
Fans hurt in Indianapolis
Two fans appear to have escaped serious injuries after a railing collapse just after Sunday’s game ended in Indianapolis.
The unidentified fans were injured when the barrier they were leaning against gave way just above the tunnel leading to Oakland’s locker room. They fell hard onto the walkway. One fan was taken away on a stretcher, while another, witnesses said, left in a wheelchair.
About three hours after the Colts beat Oakland 21-17 in the season opener, Barney Levengood, executive director of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, issued a statement that said one of the people was released after receiving medical attention at the stadium.
The other person, Levengood said, was treated at the stadium and transported to Methodist Hospital for additional evaluation.
Saints lose linemen
New Orleans Saints defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley and Tyrunn Walker left the opening game against Atlanta with leg injuries
Bunkley, a nose tackle, injured his right leg when he appeared to be tangled up on a short running play in which Steven Jackson gained 3 yards deep in Saints territory in the first quarter.
Shortly before the half ended, Walker got caught in a pile and appeared to hurt his left knee as teammate Junior Galette sacked the Falcons’ Matt Ryan.
Mars set for Super Bowl
Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst Michael Strahan in Times Square.
The 27-year-old singer-songwriter-producer is one of pop music’s top acts, with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, “When I Was Your Man.”