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Ridiculous roughing call on Drew Brees sack sets up Saints TD vs. 49ers

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The New Orleans Saints caught a big break with a bad call Sunday to set up their first touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

After a muffed punt set the Saints up at San Francisco’s 21-yard line, quarterback Drew Brees dropped back for a pass on second down following an Alvin Kamara run for no gain on first down.

Niners defensive lineman Kentavius Street beat Saints right guard Cesar Ruiz and landed a clean sack on Brees that should have set New Orleans up for third-and-18.

Except the officials didn’t see it that way. Street got flagged for roughing the passer.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)
A questionable call on a Drew Brees sack led to a Saints touchdown. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Was roughing the passer right call?

Street didn’t go high. He didn’t go low. He didn’t make helmet contact. He didn’t drive his weight into Brees’ body as he tackled him.

He wrapped Brees up by his shoulders before both players landed on their respective sides on the ground. It was a textbook tackle. Instead of securing an 8-yard loss, Street’s tackle cost the 49ers 11 yards and gave the Saints a first down.

Three plays later, Kamara ran into the end zone to tie the game, 10-10. The Saints won, 27-13.

Did tackle lead to injury?

Brees didn’t return for the second half after suffering a rib injury. He continued to play through the first half after the sack. It’s unclear if the Street hit led to the injury.

The Saints listed Brees as questionable as Jameis Winston took over at quarterback, though Brees did not return to the game.

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