Goldson pays dearly for unnecessary roughness

Goldson pays dearly for unnecessary roughness
December 7, 2012, 1:30 pm
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Dashon Goldson was fined for his unnecessary roughness penalty, but he might be more upset about its impact on the game. (USA TODAY IMAGE)

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Dashon Goldson paid twice for his unnecessary roughness penalty on St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

The NFL on Friday announced Goldson was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.

The penalty might have also cost the 49ers a victory, too.

Goldson was penalized 15 yards for hitting Bradford as he was sliding late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. The penalty helped the Rams get into field-goal range for Greg Zuerlein's 53-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Rams won 16-13 in overtime.

Goldson was fined $7,875 earlier this season for taunting Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch. Last year, Goldson was fined $25,000 and ejected from a game for fighting with Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet.

Also, 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness on the second play of the game for kicking right guard Harvey Dahl after Dahl knocked down Bowman after the whistle.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was not fined for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Colin Kaepernick in the fourth quarter.