For a few moments, it seemed like the lasting image of Super Bowl XLVII would be quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers completing an epic second-half comeback to beat the Baltimore Ravens. Instead, it was coach Jim Harbaugh's latest overreaction to a call that didn't go his team's way.
It came on San Francisco's final offensive play of a most heartbreaking, frustrating 34-31 loss to Baltimore. On a fourth-and-goal play from the 5 with 1:50 remaining, Kaepernick attempted to beat an inside blitz by lofting a pass for go-to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was trying to run a fade route but couldn't get free from the tight coverage of cornerback Jimmy Smith. The ball fell out of bounds.
Harbaugh thought the coverage was a little too tight and made his best holding gestures toward the officials after the ball fell to the ground and there was no flag. Although the Niners' coach said he wanted to handle the situation with "class and grace," his postgame words reflected his actions on the sideline.
"There was no question in my mind there was a hold on Crabtree on that last one," Harbaugh said. "In my opinion, I thought that the drive should have continued."
Jim Harbaugh protests non-call: 'There was a hold'
SportingNews.com | Feb 4