December 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs past Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and free safety Earl Thomas (29) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Sherman Pins Seattle Seahawks’ Loss To San Francisco 49ers On Officiating


Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks doesn’t believe the San Francisco 49ers beat them on Sunday. He thinks the officials did.

Sherman was called for a pair of holding calls on third down, one that extended a drive that ended in points for the 49ers in San Francisco’s 19-17 win Sunday at Candlestick Park.

The other flag was declined.

Sherman told that the Seahawks expected to win … big.

“We didn’t project it to be this way,” Sherman said. “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you, especially on third down; we will see them again and it will be a different result.”

It’s always disappointing when a player opts for the post-game analysis usually reserved for fans; i.e., the refs sucked so that’s why we lost.

That’s always the one constant across every sport—losses are often blamed on officials. Did the 49ers-Seahawks game feature some calls that could have gone either way? Yes. Does every game feature calls that could go either way? Yes.

Sherman—love him or hate him—is one of the best corners in the NFL. But, dude, some days you just get beat. I mean, didn’t Frank Gore’s 51-yard run that set up the game-winning field goal get run to Sherman’s side of the field?

That might have had something to do with the loss.

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