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Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins hit with controversial taunting penalty for counting 49ers players

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Controversies come and go in the NFL, but few stay as steadily ready to erupt as the question of taunting in the NFL.

It came up against on “Monday Night Football” between the Cardinals and 49ers, and DeAndre Hopkins took a moment to count 49ers players left in his wake after a first down on third-and-7. Officials quickly flagged Hopkins for the infraction, giving the Cardinals first-and-10 at the their own 45 instead of from the San Francisco 40.

Adding insult to injury, two plays later Colt McCoy was picked off by Jimmie Ward, and the 49ers turned it into a George Kittle touchdown to go up 14-3 in the first half.

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It was a replica of A.J. Brown counting Steelers defenders who were down in the end zone after an Eagles touchdown, which Brown was also flagged for taunting for, making the decision by Hopkins to even do it perplexing.

With the precedent being set, it’s hard to fault the officials throwing this flag at all. Rather, it’s a question of why this rises to the level of a taunt.

The question will likely be asked by Hopkins over the course of the week. In the meantime, the Cardinals will have to deal with the immediate repercussions of what turned out to be a very costly penalty.


Credit: sportingnews.com

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