Saying Jim Harbaugh is an emotional guy is an understatement. We all see him throwing tantrums on the sideline. So why would we not think Jim would be going nuts if he thought the referees missed a pass interference call right at the end of the Super Bowl. The officials felt that Ravens defender Jimmy Smith’s contact with 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was minor.
Harbaugh shared his thoughts after the game, “I really want to handle this with class and grace, and we had several opportunities in this game. We didn’t play our best game, and the Ravens made a lot of plays and battled back. They competed to win. But there’s no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one.”
Jim Harbaugh did admit that as the head coach for the 49ers he will be biased with his interpretation of the play. Jim goes on, “I realize I’m on the side of the 49ers. I’m the coach of the 49ers there is some bias there. But I wouldn’t be bringing it up unless it was obvious. But that’s not the way they saw it. That’s the only reason I bring it up.”
Not surprisingly Michael Crabtree agrees with his coach. Crabtree sided with his coach by saying, “When somebody grabs you, you always expect a call. But you can’t whine to the refs. It is what it is.” Crabtree also felt he was interfered with many times during the game. “There was a couple of plays where the guy was on me before the ball got to me. I don’t even want to talk about it. It’s frustrating, man. It’s the game winning touchdown makes me sad. It’s the Super Bowl. It’s what you live for.” Crabtree told the San Jose Mercury News.
No matter what the 49ers or Ravens believe in any sporting event there are going to be plays that could have been called either way. Since this was a play that could have changed the winner of this year’s Super Bowl the 49ers last offensive play will be scrutinized for some time now. The closing minutes will stick with the 49ers during the offseason and it could be what fuels them for next season.