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DeAndre Hopkins was mocked for counting 49s in coverage

DeAndre Hopkins probably should have known a flag was coming.

When he caught a first-down catch midway through the second quarter in a 10:38 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, the Arizona Cardinals receiver stood up and counted two defenders who had been in cover.

That didn’t sit well with officials, who, according to the book, have little choice but to call it a mockery.

Hopkins should have known this was coming — as little fun as NFL officials can make. Because if the rule book isn’t his thing, chances are he saw Philadelphia Eagles receiver AJ Brown pull off the exact same counting celebration three weeks ago.

Brown said he was fined $5,000 for each point.

Hopkins has seven catches on eight goals for 77 yards in the first half, but he caught just two more to close with 103 yards as the offense shrank. Meanwhile, the 49ers hit the Cardinals hard with their running play en route to a 21-0 second-half lead in favor of San Francisco.

If the penalty count was painful, well, hubris caught up with Arizona soon after. Two plays later at the Cardinals 45, Arizona quarterback Colt McCoy threw to running back James Conner, who flipped the ball in the air, leading to a San Francisco interception by Jimmie Ward.

The 49ers rushed for 46 yards in three games, and a touchdown catch by George Kittle gave San Francisco a 14-3 lead, up 8:42 in the first half.

The Cardinals would respond quickly, rushing for 75 yards over four minutes to make it 14-10 at 4:19 per second.

San Francisco made a field goal with 43 seconds remaining to get another touchdown at halftime.

Getting back to Hopkins, the penalty didn’t go down well with the football crowd overall.

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