DeAndre Hopkins got in trouble for counting the 49ers he burned
Nov 21, 2022, 7:30 PM | Updated: Nov 22, 2022, 12:31 am
(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
DeAndre Hopkins probably should have known a flag was coming.
When he caught a first-down catch midway through the second quarter in a 38-10 loss Monday against the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals receiver got up and counted two defenders who’d been in coverage.
DeAndre Hopkins penalized for taunting pic.twitter.com/SehWui1HVe
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) November 22, 2022
That did not sit well with the officials, who by the book have little choice but to call taunting.
Hopkins should have known that was coming — as little fun as the NFL officials can be. Because if the rulebook isn’t his thing, it’s likely he saw Philadelphia Eagles receiver A.J. Brown three weeks ago do the exact same counting celebration.
Brown was fined, in his words, $5,000 for each point.
My two little finger points the other day cost me 5k a piece. I will keep my hands, feet, and other objects to myself from now on lol 😭😭😭
— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) November 5, 2022
.@1kalwaysopen_ right now 😂 pic.twitter.com/vpzs8sAUDW
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 22, 2022
A.J. Brown should not have been flagged for taunting. DBs deserved to be clowned like this pic.twitter.com/dnVUDHpZZr
— Jack Crosby (@JCrosbyCBS) October 30, 2022
Hopkins in the first half has seven catches on eight targets for 77 yards, but he caught just two more to close with 103 yards as the offense shriveled. Meanwhile, the 49ers hit the Cardinals with their run game hard en route to a 21-0 second half in favor of San Francisco.
Colt McCoy throwing to DeAndre Hopkins on every third downpic.twitter.com/lv1ho2Sey1
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) November 22, 2022
If the penalty yardage was painful, well, the hubris caught up with Arizona soon after. Two plays later at the Cardinals’ 45-yard line, Arizona quarterback Colt McCoy threw to running back James Conner, who tipped the ball in the air leading to a San Francisco interception by Jimmie Ward.
The 49ers went 46 yards in three plays, and a George Kittle touchdown catch put San Francisco ahead, 14-3, with 8:42 left in the first half.
The Cardinals would quickly answer, going 75 yards over four-plus minutes to make it 14-10 with 4:19 left in the second.
San Francisco got a field goal in with 43 seconds left to go back up a touchdown at halftime.
Back to Hopkins: The penalty did not sit well with the football viewing audience as a whole.
DeAndre Hopkins merely out here counting the defenders it took to get him to the ground by flagging him for taunting the NFL is essentially saying that math is illegal please do something @nflcommish
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 22, 2022
How the NFL wants DeAndre Hopkins to act pic.twitter.com/3UfYjqzFsK
— Chuck Goldberg (@chuckgoldberg) November 22, 2022
i, for one, am appalled that deandre hopkins pointed his finger
not once, but twice
— Kate Magdziuk (@FFballblast) November 22, 2022
Don’t stop with the penalty. DeAndre Hopkins needs to be suspended. There were kids watching this! pic.twitter.com/kT305CfNDt
— Zachary Krueger (@ZK_FFB) November 22, 2022