OAKLAND – Again, the 49ers had difficult times with the most simple things in their hard-to-swallow 24-13 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
The 49ers were called for three delay-of-game penalties with their failures to get the ball snapped within the allotted 40 seconds. And after the Raiders scored a second-quarter touchdown, the 49ers were charged with a timeout before the extra-point attempt.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said afterward, he did not want a timeout. Instead, he was motioning for a clarification from the officials after the Raiders’ successful tackle-eligible play, on which 330-pound lineman Donald Penn caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.
“I didn’t call a timeout,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I was signaling to the side judge. I was asking him if they had covered up the tackle. ‘Was he covering up the tackle?’ He said that motion looked like I was signaling for a timeout. I said, ‘Just ask me if I want a timeout.
“So, no, I wasn’t signaling for a timeout. I didn’t want a timeout, I was asking for a clarification if they were in a legal formation.”
The 49ers were called for a bizarre penalty later in the second quarter when an official ran into a 49ers player who was out of the action on the sideline. The 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, in essence, wiped out Colin Kaepernick’s 17-yard scramble.
The embarrassing loss also saw the 49ers experience a recurrence of the play clock issues that have plagued the team over the past four seasons. The 49ers were called for three delay penalties.
"There were some factors in the ballgame today," Harbaugh said. "We didn't go through the mechanics of the huddle and the operation at the line of scrimmage fast enough."