NFC West penalty watch: 49ers flagged

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' unraveling in the final weeks under Mike Nolan shows up on our weekly penalty watch. Officials flagged the 49ers for 27 penalties over the last two games, only 10 fewer than the team's combined total for the previous five games.

Those figures reflect declined and accepted penalties. The chart lists players in the division with more than three penalties this season. Five of the 11 players listed are 49ers.

Four NFC West players had multiple penalties in Week 7. All four play for the 49ers: Joe Staley, Nate Clements, Josh Morgan and Keith Lewis.

Officials assessed 134 yards in penalties against the 49ers in Week 7, easily the most assessed against an NFC West opponent this season.

Niners right tackles Jonas Jennings (four penalties) and Barry Sims (three) have combined to average one per game at the position.

Offensive lineman Richie Incognito (Rams) and defensive lineman Ray McDonald (49ers) joined 49ers offensive lineman Tony Wragge as the only players in the division with five penalties this season.

The 49ers have drawn 9.1 penalties per game (declined and assessed). That is most in the NFC West, followed by Arizona (8.3), St. Louis (7.5) and Seattle (5.8).

UPDATE: The league has made two penalty-related changes involving NFC West players. An illegal-formation penalty against the 49ers in Week 6 goes on Sims' record. That gives Sims four penalties this season. Also, a holding penalty originally charged against Seattle's Kevin Hobbs in Week 6 has now been assigned to Marcus Trufant. That means Trufant now has four penalties this season.