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Jim Harbaugh Blasts Officials for Non-Call at End of Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers are still reeling from losing the biggest game of their lives, but many of their fans and players are under the assumption that they were robbed. On the final offensive play of the game for the 49ers, the officials on the field failed to call what looked to be a pretty obvious defensive pass interference call or at the very least a defensive holding penalty in the endzone.

Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh was seen visibly angry at the call and is still protesting what he felt should have been a penalty that could have changed the game.

“They competed to win,” Harbaugh said. “But there’s no question in my mind that there was a pass interference — and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one.”

Harbaugh insisted he wasn’t trying to take anything away from the Ravens and wanted to reiterate that he’s classy (pause for laughter), but couldn’t help but point out he was basically screwed out of a Super Bowl.

“I really want to handle this with class and grace, and we had several opportunities in this game,” said Harbaugh, who also claimed that Baltimore committed a pass interference penalty against Crabtree on second-and-goal. “We didn’t play our best game, and the Ravens made a lot of plays and battled back.”

Former head of officiating and FOX NFL contributor Mike Pereira said that the call was no doubt a tough one to make, but agreed that the correct one was made.

To be completely honest, what was Pereira supposed to say? If he criticized the call, not only would he have given credit to the theory that the Ravens Super Bowl win wasn’t legitimate, he’d also be known as the referee who blamed a call on the referees in the biggest game of the NFL year.

Also, is there really any other way we saw Jim Harbaugh handling a Super Bowl loss other than to blame the referees. He’s got merit, since the non-call was unbelievably questionable, but at some point you just have to suck it up and move on. But in true Harbaugh fashion, he claimed to merely be making an observation and not a critique.

“I realize I’m on the side of the 49ers,” he said. “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 (the refs) saw it. That’s the only reason I bring it up.”

Tags: Jim Harbaugh NFL San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII

  • Dusty Reynolds

    it is an obvious blatant disregard for the rules if you don’t like to effect the game than don’t call the one on third and ten early in the game with way less contact. No excuses for how poorly the referees were one sided in this game go to every call made and they all were against the Niners except one that was a 5 yard kind when they needed 7 this was a complete b.s. officiating. All I want from a refering crew is to be fair; call the game no matter what the time of game; to the letter. If the NFL does not like that than they need to change the rules. The endzone non-call play started at the 5 so any contact by the defender in the endzone is illegal contact, than holding (which watching the replay the ref was looking directly at), than the ball was in the air so pass-interference. Those that say it was uncatchable watch where the ball lands it lands on the white out of bounds line and he missed it by about 4 inches. The NFL needs to punish these refs for the non-calls as well as train them so they don’t miss them again. Maybe they need to go to a more expanded replay since they can’t get critical calls right.

  • Deston Nokes

    Forty whiners. There was no call on the late hit on Flacco earlier that could have impacted the outcome. The officials let them play and the Niners had four changes in the red zone. Deal with it.

  • DC Taylor

    Quit whining Mr Sour Grapes…..there were plenty of non-calls on both sides. Sit down and STFU, loser!