Firstly, the people that say that we shouldn't have been in the position for the referee to make or break the game for us, that we shouldn't have been down 22 points, I agree and disagree.
Yes, we shouldn't have gotten down to a 28-6 deficit but we were back in it within 11 minutes of the second half. The 49ers have shown that they're a much better second half team by making great adjustments at halftime and I don't see the problem with that. Are people saying that because we were down in the first half, we deserved to lose the rest of the game? Does that mean we didn't even deserve to be in the Superbowl because of our 17 point deficit in the NFC Championship game against the Falcons? I do agree that next year, the Niners have to come out of the gate better but this season, the Niners adjusted and should've won all three of their playoff games.
Also, for the people that say that the only reason the game was close was because of the blackout, it affected both of the teams in case you didn't know. Momentum was still in the Raven's side since after the blackout, the Niners actually PUNTED the ball away. It wasn't as if once the lights came back on, the Niners subsequently scored a touchdown on their next play..
Finally, our play-calling for that last drive was questionable at best. I still can't fathom why we called for 3 passes, all to the same person. But it happened. We can only hope that the coaching staff will learn from what they did wrong and improve on it next year.
1. The most blatant no-call in the game that no one is talking about.. Besides us. You know what I'm talking about. The Cary Williams shove of the referee. I'm actually not too sure of the official rule myself. I've heard people saying that touching an official is a no-no and should automatically be flagged or an ejection should be given. I've also heard that the call is up to the referee on the field but with that kind of hard two-hand shove, Cary Williams should not have played another snap in the Superbowl. Hell, Justin Smith touched a ref a year ago and he got ejected. Not even a flag was thrown. Just shameful in my eyes.
2. The no-call that everyone IS talking about. The supposed offensive PI/holding on Crabtree/Jimmy Smith. Now I'm a bit biased when I say that I thought it should have been a holding penalty but it was quite obvious that Jimmy Smith had a fistful of jersey which contributed to Crabtree not being able to break away on his fade route. The people that say that the referees were right not to throw a flag and to just let the players play near the end of the game are just bull. If flags aren't going to be thrown after the two-minute warning, we should just bring fans onto the field and let them signal touchdowns since it seems like that's the only useful skill of a ref towards the end of the game.
3. The intentional holding on the intentional safety. I know that it wouldn't have made a difference in the actual outcome besides maybe giving the Niners a few more precious seconds but that doesn't mean a flag isn't thrown! It's the referees' jobs to throw flags on fouls and they screwed it up here. Also, this opens up a huge loophole for teams that will be in this situation again. The people that make up the rule book need to take a look at this and fix it since it encourages teams to commit fouls!
4. The molestation of Bruce Miller on the 109 kick-off return TD by Jacoby Jones. I actually didn't see this myself as I was watching Jones. After the game, I saw articles on it and sure enough, Bruce Miller was bear hugged by two Ravens creating a no-no and that TD should've been taken back. Not too difficult of a call to make.
5. The one that probably irks me the most. The one that exposes the NFL as a true hypocrite when it comes to player safety. The helmet to helmet hit on Michael Crabtree on 3rd down by Jimmy Smith I believe. This play was eventually called an incomplete pass which makes it even more unbelievable. The play could have only ended two ways. Incomplete pass and a flag which would have given us 1st and goal at the 2 or 1. Or it could have been called a complete pass in which case there would not have been a flag thrown and we would have been spotted at the 4. The fact that it was called an incomplete pass and NO FLAG was thrown just makes me shake my head. There was a referee right to Crabtree's side too in the endzone. The fact that the official didn't throw a flag just cements this game as one of the worst officiated games in Niners history.
6. I don't have any photos or gifs of this but Cary Williams calling us dirty??? Really.. after you were throwing punches at Anthony Davis during that scrum in the 2nd quarter? While on the ground, Cary Williams was shown clearly to throw at least two punches while on top of Anthony Davis, then gets up and shoves a referee. All without a flag being thrown.
To the officiating crew that supposedly "refereed" the Super Bowl, I just shake my head in disgust. While I'm not trying to take anything away from the Raven's performance, the Niners should've won this won but some horrible officiating took this one away from them.
There's always next year right? *Sigh