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Niners’ Michael Crabtree, Jim Harbaugh convinced refs blew call on critical fourth-and-goal pass

02.04.13 at 10:16 am ET
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The 49ers mounted a furious comeback in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night, but they fell just short in losing to the Ravens, 34-31. There also was some controversy, as a fourth-and-goal pass fell incomplete after what might have been a hold on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.

“It was a missed call,” stated the intended receiver, Michael Crabtree. “[The referee] missed two or three in the game, but that was it right there, the Super Bowl was right there.

“I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to think about it. I don’t know, man. What do you think? I thought it was holding.”

Should the Ravens have been called for holding on the 49ers' critical fourth-and-goal pass late in Sunday's Super Bowl?

  • Yes, it was holding (68%, 1,674 Votes)
  • Technically it might have been holding, but the refs were right to let it go in that situation (25%, 623 Votes)
  • No, it was not holding (7%, 184 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,477

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Added 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: “You know, 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 it was a pass interference and hold on Crabtree on the last one.”

Niners running back Frank Gore isn’t convinced the best team won.

“They got away with one,” Gore said. “We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.”

Read More: Frank Gore, Jim Harbaugh, Jimmy Smith, Michael Crabtree
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