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49ers CB Richard Sherman takes blame for costly penalty vs. Packers

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a heartbreaking 33-30 defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Richard Sherman and the Niners defense couldn’t contain Aaron Rodgers, who went for 425 yards and made some clutch plays late in the game.

However, Rodgers also got some help from Sherman, who committed a crucial illegal contact penalty on a 3rd-and long, which eventually led to the Packers’ game-winning field goal. While Sherman didn’t agree with the call, he still took the blame for the penalty.

“I can’t have that penalty … regardless of how I feel about it,” Sherman said per Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I have to find a way to make that play without getting flagged. That gave him (Rodgers) a shot to win the game, and that’s all he needs.”

“It doesn’t matter whether I agree with the call, that’s what they called. I have to find a way to do better.”

Obviously, Sherman’s penalty was a big blow for the 49ers, but it wasn’t the sole reason for their defeat. There were other significant issues beyond him on the 49ers defense during that game.

But despite Sherman’s costly error, he’s actually been playing very well this season upon his return from a torn Achilles. He’s currently ranked inside the top 20 corners in the league by Pro Football Focus.

While that penalty will sting Sherman and the Niners for a bit, his presence on the team this season remains a positive and they should be glad to have him aboard.