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November 20, 2008
Comments cost Martz $20K

Mike Martz wasn't happy with how the officials handled the final minutes of his team's 29-24 loss to Arizona on Nov. 10. The NFL in turn wasn't happy with Martz's comments, fining the 49ers offensive coordinator $20,000 this week. The fine was first reported on CBS Sporstline. On the Tuesday following the game, both Martz and coach Mike Singletary questioned the officiating protocol at the end of the game. The pivotol final play involved a fullback dive from what the 49ers beleived would be inside the 1 yard line. In fact, upon reviewing the final play, officials moved the ball to the 2 1/2 yard line. They announced the move over the loudspeaker, but the 49ers insisted it could not be heard over the crowd noise. Martz said officials typically will walk to the sidelline and explain such a move to officials. The 49ers, of course, lost the game when the fullback dive was stopped a yard short of the end zone.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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