SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday said he believed the taunting penalty called Saturday against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unwarranted.
"In my opinion? That it was ticky-tack. . . Didn't see it as a taunting penalty," Harbaugh said.
In the second quarter of the 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Packers, Kaepernick scrambled for 15 yards on a third-and-9 situation to pick up a first down. He absorbed a sandwich hit from safety M.D. Jennings and linebacker Erik Walden at the end of the play.
Kaepernick got to his feet and tossed the ball down at Walden, who was still on the ground. A flag was immediately thrown. The first down stood, and the 49ers had a first-and-10 back at the Green Bay 24. Two plays later, Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree for a 20-yard touchdown.
Said Kaepernick, "I didn't think it was a penalty, but, I mean, it was an emotional play."
Earlier this season, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson was fined $7,875 for taunting Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. There is no word, yet, from the NFL whether Kaepernick will be fined.