After the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the officials just have to let the players play.
Unsurprisingly, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh does not agree with that.
Harbaugh said on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco that he thinks pass interference should be officiated the same way at any point in the game, and that the officials should be just as strict about calling penalties in the game’s closing seconds as they are at any other time.
Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play
Pro Football Talk | Feb 7