Everyone likes a free souvenir from an NFL game, but three special fans got footballs that cost $21,000 total.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree were fined $10,500 each by the NFL for throwing footballs into the Candlestick Park crowd after scoring touchdowns in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals, which is a fan safety/crowd-control issue. Crabtree tossed two balls, one on a 49-yard pass and the second on 7-yard touchdown, but was fined the same as Gore.
Players are allowed to hand balls to fans on the edge of the action, but flinging them into the stands could cause a fight, so the league frowns on that.
Here's a roundup of fines from the final week of the NFL's regular season: