ARIZONA CARDINALS

DeAndre Hopkins got in trouble for counting the 49ers he burned

Nov 21, 2022, 7:30 PM | Updated: Nov 22, 2022, 12:31 am
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, right runs with the ball after a reception during ...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, right runs with the ball after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(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.

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.

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.

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.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward, left, intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner, center, during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, left, makes a touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, center, celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs on his way to scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) makes a touchdown catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Trayvon Mullen, below, defends during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, right, gets past Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) and safety Budda Baker, on his way to scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Will Hernandez waves the flag of Mexico before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner, right, loses control of the ball as he is hit by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance, above, and cornerback Charvarius Ward, below, during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner, right, tries to get past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward, center, and linebacker Dre Greenlaw, left, during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Will Hernandez waves the flag of Mexico before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Flags for Mexico and the United States are seen on the field before an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) A San Francisco 49ers fan looks on before an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, center, runs on his way to scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, center, loses control of the ball as he is hit by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward, right, and safety Tashaun Gipson Sr. during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Elijah Mitchell #25 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter at Estadio Azteca on November 21, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Greg Dortch #83 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at Estadio Azteca on November 21, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Players for the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers wait on the field during a lighting display in the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kevin Givens celebrates his sack on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Kevin Givens during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 
              San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, right, gets past Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) and safety Budda Baker, on his way to scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
            San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the 49ers defeated the Cardinals 38-10 in an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after the 49ers defeated the Cardinals 38-10 in an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reacts after tight end George Kittle scored a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano) Kevin Givens #90 of the San Francisco 49ers sacks Colt McCoy #12 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at Estadio Azteca on November 21, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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