A questionable flag Sunday in opposition to the 49ers introduced again reminiscences of a controversial pointless roughness name on a 2013 takedown of Drew Brees.

On that play seven years in the past, linebacker Ahmad Brooks compelled the ball out on a would-be game-winning strip sack however was penalized for hitting Brees within the neck space. Some followers considered the whistle as too harsh in opposition to San Francisco at the same time as replay confirmed the quarterback’s neck stretching like a giraffe’s in opposition to the pressure of the sort out.

The incident turned Brees into an unlucky meme that in hindsight was most likely insensitive towards the lasting ache it inflicted on the quarterback.

In any case, Sunday’s flag was extra egregious than what occurred with Brooks, who was ultimately fined $15,750 by the NFL. Brees was primarily tackled too onerous, in line with the referee, resulting in a suspect judgment of roughing the passer. The league does not permit defenders to land their full physique weight on high of the quarterback, however it appeared Kentavius Avenue hit the sphere to the facet of Brees.

Here is a have a look at the play:

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Brees later left the sport with what the Saints referred to as a rib damage, although it is not instantly clear whether or not the hit by Avenue contributed. Jameis Winston began the second half in his place. Brees threw 5 passes following the roughing penalty earlier than being eliminated.

49ers followers, in the meantime, confirmed they aren’t over the 2013 name: