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49ers benefit from rule allowing pass interference on fake punt

The Saints get another situation they think is pass interference that goes against them.

The New Orleans Saints tried a trick play on a punt, but were unable to complete a pass for the conversion. Sean Payton and Saints fans went crazy because 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore had a firm grasp of jersey on Saints wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith. However, NFL rules allow pass interference in that kind of situation.

On a punt play, gunners are allowed to grab hold of defenders going down the field, even when it turns into a fake play. The defender normally cannot hold the potential pass catcher before the pass as that would be a traditional holding call, but this is a situation where the defender can maul the receiver as much as he wants.

Safe to say, the explanation won’t matter to Saints fans.