Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/4/13

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Football games are a collection of plays, a whole bunch of them, that all unfold over the course of the 60 minutes they’re played in. However, we’re usually left second-guessing or questioning one or two of those when the game is over. This year’s Super Bowl was no different, with the play in question being the 49ers’ final offensive play. Facing a fourth-and-5 from the Ravens’ 5-yard line trailing 34-29, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw one into the corner of the end zone for Michael Crabtree. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Crabtree couldn’t come up with the grab. He was slowed by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who appeared to make a good deal of contact on the play. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh certainly thought it was a hold. The younger Harbaugh brother exploded on the San Francisco sideline, throwing another one of his patented hissy-fits, flinging his headset off and making a holding motion in direction of the officials. It was to no avail, of course, as the flag stayed attached to the officials, and the game would be over minutes later. Crabtree also stated following the game that he thought there should have been a call. There certainly looked to be a lot of contact between the two, but given the situation, the referees were likely to let ‘em play a little bit more. What do you think? Take Our Poll
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4 Comments:
  • Not even close. The non-call that should have been called on Torrey Smith was 10 times worse.
  • Yes he should have been called for holding. Just goes to show you how pathetic the refs are. The NFL should have robots officiating the game.
  • Absolutely. The call this 99 percent of the time during the season, even more important to call it in the biggest game of the year(unless the fix was in). How about the Ravens player that pushed the ref away with 2 hands. No automatic ejection? Are you kidding? Not even a fine? how about running into Akers; 99 percent personal foul, but not yesterday. When the 49ers coach asked if a fair game would be officiated, quote the referee: "Nevermore".
  • The no-call on T. Smith AND The Out of Bounds hit on Joe Flaco were egregious and far worse than the alleged holding call on Crabtree. Crabtree by the way, Clearly initiated contact to get a push off on Smith that was so bad he knocked Smith down. Not to mention the pass was uncatchable AND Crabtree made no post play gesture that remotely leaned towards offensive pass interference. If you want to cry about anything cry about V. Davis dropping a sure catch, M. James fumbling and Capernick throwing a pic that Moss made no effort to catch your defense getting burned by J. Jones ala Denver Broncos style. Take your loss and move on and hope that your players can put their self interests aside and come together as a team.
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