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Replay Review of Roughing the Punter Could Have Helped 49ers

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Replay Review of Roughing the Punter Could Have Helped 49ers
Elaine Thompson

Late in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game, 49ers punter Andy Lee was drilled in the plant leg by Seahawks safety Chris Maragos, and when the referee threw the flag it looked like San Francisco had caught a huge break: A hit to the plant leg is supposed to be roughing the punter, which is a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down.

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