The San Francisco 49ers lost 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII earlier tonight, but there was a play that will be relived over and over again.
That play was fourth-and-goal on the Niners’ final gasp, needing a touchdown to win. Colin Kaepernick was immediately pressured off the snap, and just threw it up and in the air towards the right corner of the end zone.
Trying to grab it was Michael Crabtree, except he appeared to be interfered with by Jimmy Smith of the Ravens after five yards. No flag came from the referees, and the Ravens took over on downs and hung on to win.
Here are what some of the 49ers are saying about the controversial non-call:
Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver:
The guy was all over me. It’s frustrating. It was a game-winning touchdown. It makes you sad. It’s the Super Bowl.
Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach:
There was no question in my mind there was a pass interference and a hold on (Michael) Crabtree.
Vernon Davis, Tight End:
I was expecting for the referees to throw a flag.
Chris Culliver, Cornerback:
The referees have a big factor. They see what they want to see.