Originally written on Minus Twenty-Two  |  Last updated 11/12/14

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the pattern during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 18-14. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
That final 49ers offensive push in the Super Bowl will be hard to forget. They had the ball first and goal from seven yards out of the end zone, down five, under 3 minutes, and couldn’t find the endzone. The drive ended with three straight incompletions, and the Niners offense didn’t see the field again. It’s a tormenting sequence to accept, especially for Jim Harbaugh, who still contends a flag for defensive pass interference should have been thrown on the final incompletion. (We, along with Mike Pereira, think Harbaugh is wrong.) But the 49ers’ play calling in those final moments came under just as much question as the officiating did. You’re five yards away from the lead late in the Super Bowl, with the clock ticking away but still on your side, and you decided the have Colin Kaepernick fire off three consecutive passes? The complaints were warranted. Even Harbaugh himself later acknowledged he didn’t like his play calling in that moment. And now the person targeted on each of th...
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