SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) -- Given his inability to keep a straight face, Jim Harbaugh must be a horrible poker player.
So it was hardly surprising when the San Francisco 49ers coach told the media shortly after the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl win that he thought the officials missed a pass interference call on wide receiver Michael Crabtree that would've given the 49ers a first-and-goal with 1:50 to go in the game.
Is it catch-able? Un-Catch-able? Was it a penalty? or Not?
It really doesn't matter anymore but it's my general understanding that when the game's on the line you "Let the players play" or "Let it play out" and the refs aren't supposed to be so trigger happy with a flag.
In this case I think it was a penalty though. Crabtree is a physical receiver really coming into his own and he was guilty of contact as well.
You could argue it wasn't catch-able but this demonstrates perfectly why this is a game of inches. Crabtree looks like he has a legit shot at it.
Let's just say it was a penalty and the 49ers got robbed. You know what I say to that? Where were you the first 30 minutes of the game? Where you were getting beat 21-6 before the blackout? When Joe Flacco was dropping laser beams on Cullivers head and evoking cheers from every gay man or woman who pay attention to football around the nation?
Where was Greg Romans innovative play calling and Colin Kaepernicks game breaking ability?
No, I'm not a Ravens fan nor am I bashing the 49ers. I am just stating that it was a tale of two halves. In my eyes, if the game comes down to a play like that and you're on the losing end of it then you have no room to argue. The 49ers blew several other game breaking opportunities throughout the game to either take the lead or keep it close.
Instead they had to play catch up the whole game.
And we'll never forget the fact that a HOF Middle Linebacker named Ray Lewis, won a super bowl ring in the final 30 seconds on a 4 and out goal line stand.
So, before you go pointing fingers at something you can't control. Look into the mirror and point at yourself. You'll see two things:
1. one finger pointing at your reflection
2. Three others pointing right back at yourself
So, who's truly to blame?