The San Francisco 49ers had gotten within scoring range with under a minute left to play and were in a position to win the game. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the corner of the end zone and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman defended it and it was picked off by a teammate.
After the game Sherman said he was surprised that Kaepernick challenged him.
“Everybody in the stadium was surprised,” Sherman said, via ESPN. “You throw that? It’s insane. I’m thankful they keep doing it. I should have picked it, but there was some offensive interference [on Crabtree] and I knew it wouldn’t be called.”
The play was about sending a message to Crabtree and everyone else too, Sherman says.
“I was making sure everyone knew Crabtree was a mediocre receiver,” Sherman said. “And when you try the best corner in the game with a mediocre receiver, that’s what happens. I appreciate that he knows that now. There has been a lot of talk from him running his mouth about me.”