Well Super Bowl championship for the officials. That is a joke.
that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
Well Super Bowl championship for the officials. That is a joke.
Harbaugh needs to chill. While there was contact, it would have been a none issue if your QB wasn't desperately launching a ball off his back foot to avoit the interior blitz. That was really the definitively aspect of that play, not the fact that the WR and DB were getting all touchy and feely. Smith has his hands on Crabtree, but Crabtree is also pushing off of Smith's head and flirting with facemask contact.
I don't have a dog in the fight here but the receiver will always push away from the hold which was what happened.
The ball was catchable if not for the hold.
Crabtree was not making that catch. However, that is irrelevant as Smith was guilty of holding. The penalty ought to have been called.
It must be said that the refs let a lot go tonight.
I wouldn't say uncatchable, Crabtree is good, but extremely unlikely. Lets say Smith never touches Crabtree, Crabtreee still has to dodge around the space occupied by Smith. Then he has to catch a backfoot pass that was thrown before he was expecting it, and he is likely getting hit by Ed Reed as he brings it in.
To me it really comes down to, both sides were making contact and throwing the flag is still deciding the game in a sense (since it means first and goal at the one). If the zebra swallows the whistle, the 49ers fans are pissed because of the no call. If the zebra calls it, the Ravens are pissed because there was contact on both sides.
Why would you safety yourself? Seriously?
Take the safety. It does two things for you. First you punt from the 20 instead the back of your endzone. Secondly at 34 to 31, SF is now likely playing for a field goal to tie instead of the touchdown. That means that as opposed to losing when they score a TO in regulation, you at least get a shot at OT.
Edit: Or the 49ers could be unprepared and now they are unlikely to even get a shot at a regulation play.
How do they not call holding there?
The middle up back for the Ravens was legit bear hugging the guy.
Yeah, throw the flag for holding in the endzone so the result of the play is a safety...oh wait...
well played indeed.
Exactly, since they don't blow the play dead or put time back on the clock for holding, everyone on that team should be holding. Or well anything that doesn't involve stripping a guy's helmet off.
Now the safety punt is the last play of the game, no hail mary chance
Fair catch free kick. This game needs more crazy.
Once you decide holding is allowed, I guess you have to give the Ravens credit for knowing that you can continue to do it on that punt.
Calling a hold would be redundant, seeing as the result would still be a safety.
The non-call did cost SF enough time for one play post-punt.
Nance: "Any reason to take a safety?"
Simms was flipping awful the last 2 minutes of the game. On the holding non-call, he repeatedly claims both players are making contact, but fails to mention that Crabtree only pushed off to disengage from the hold. Just call it a hold Phil!
Then the one word, zero justification response to whether the Ravens should take a safety, "No". That's the best color commentary that CBS has to offer???
Didn't even look to pitch the ball
PITCH IT TO BREASTON!!!!
That was surprisingly, no hook and ladder option set up at all. I know they like their returner and all but you figured you'd have that set up as an option.
Nooo Ecker, pitch it to Breaston!!
I guess the only thing to do now is keep Ray Lewis away from the post game parties.
The lesson, as always...
Big Bro > Lil Bro
Just kiddng. Kind of. That turned out to be a really entertaining game. I had no rooting interest, I'm just happy to be entertained
A season that starts with replacement refs ends with a superbowl decided by the regular refs. Sort of a poetic full circle i suppose.
That's how Jim lost, hope he never gets back there.
I don't understand the complaining about the refs. The calls were fair for each team and the refs stayed out of things for the most part which led to an entertaining game. I enjoyed it.
Did you stop watching at the two minute warning?
Ohh, that unsettling moment when you realize football is gone for the next 7 months. So thankful that we have a damn good basketball team to watch for a while.
Good thing I love baseball too!
we'll always have that recruiting obsession.
because that's the ball game if you throw it, and there's a plausible handfighting argument (plausible, I said), and we know you just don't get that call without blood being drawn at the end of a game...
...but as a Michigan fan that had to watch that Rose Bowl ref take his flag out then put it back in his pocket on New Year's Day 1998 after the Wash St. receiver shoved Chuck Wood to the ground on the late fly route... I say do your job and throw the laundry.
At least this one wasn't quite as blatant as that shove.
I'm just baffled that everyone's only talking about *that* call. How about the ridiculously blatant helmet-to-helmet hit the play before?!?! The defensive holding is debatable, the helmet to helmet was not, esp after how much emphasis the League has been putting on that all season. Inexcusable officiating & it had a huge impact on the game's outcome.
If the refs had called the blatant hold on the punt, what would have happened? Would the yardage be assessed on the free kick?
Would have had exactly the same result, with the same amount of time on the clock. Good instruction to all punt blockers at that point to go ahead and just tackle the man across from you, because what the hell, gives us more time to run around back there.
Well that doesn't seem fair.
I'm sure it will be addressed sooner or later. Just add the time the play took back onto the clock for all safeties or something. Buddy Ryan used to field 13 men goaline units and 14 man punt teams when he was more concerned about killing the clock than the yards from too many men on the field penalty. After the Giants did the same thing in a Super Bowl, the rule was changed to the play is blown dead if a team lines up with over 11 men on the field.
Blow the play dead immediately if there is a flag thrown in the endzone on the offensive/kicking team so there is no advantage incurred by deliberately committing holds to kill time.
I'd say that if the offense gives up a safety with under 2 minutes left in a half, the entire time of the play should just be put back on the clock. If you blow the play dead you still have the delay where the ref processes the hold mentally, throws the flag, and blows his whistle. Then they'll have to go dick around with instant replay to figure out the exact time in some cases I bet. Also refs will forget to blow the play dead in some cases since the rest of the time they don't blow the play dead for holding.
Plus there is the edge case where the team gets away with two holds but the third one is noticed. If you put the entire play back on the clock it covers the first two that were missed. End of the day though, the self safety is so rare there might not be a huge move to change this rule.
I hope I never see that overrated, overpubliciized nitwit's name in print again.
Better than seeing him speed away from a murder scene.........again
Ray needs to stop with the 'God is on my side' thing. God doesn't care who wins.
I can assure you that God has bigger fish to fry than pro football.
If you're a 49ers fan, take solace in that you now have a growing fanbase in some remote African village
I'm kinda lost after this night....
I'll never cease to be amazed by how desperately people grasp at any tenuous associations with success. Would the Ray Lewis is the Devil screeds still be pouring out if this were 2002 and Elvis Grbac were quarterbacking Baltimore?