Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play

AP

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.

A penalty is a penalty no matter when it occurs in a game,” Harbaugh said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “It could occur in the first play of the game. It could occur on the last play of the game, or any play in between. That’s the rules of football. You let ‘em play or let ‘em get away with something. Which would you rather have? Let’s play the rules of the game. . . . If there’s a penalty then it’s a penalty — doesn’t matter what kind of game. . . . It’s the rules of football. If it’s a penalty, you call it. If you see it, you call it. That’s how I feel about it.”

Harbaugh complained immediately after the game about the non-call, and with time to think about it, his complaints haven’t stopped. Harbaugh thinks his team got ripped off by the refs at the end of the Super Bowl.

237 responses to “Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last play

  1. Except when Navarro Bowman does it to Roddy White in the NFC Championship.

    Then it’s not one, right Jim?

  2. Jimmy Harbuagh did his bro wrong at the end of the game ! I think Bill Belichick would have given John a warmer congratulations !

  3. What a great example he is setting by his actions. Leaders lead by example, what’s this called?

  4. They got ripped off when number 29 of the Ravens got up and pushed a referee twice and wasn’t even flagged for it (should have been ejected). He would later prevent a touchdown pass on a drive that ended in a field goal.

  5. Wow. U mad bro??

    Seriously, This has been reviewed a thousand times by now. You are right, so do you want to go back and look at all the penalties that weren’t called the whole game and replay each possibility. Move on…You have a combine, draft, and OTA’s on the horizon.

  6. the only reason the 4whiner’s were even in that game was because of bad calls during the Atlanta game. Not to mention the power outage taking all the momentum from the Ravens. He should just be gracious that his team was in the super bowl.

  7. He’s absolutely right, about the principle.

    “Just let them play?” What are they doing the rest of the game? It’s ridiculous to have lawlessness at the most critical point of the contest. I’m sick of the ‘end of the game rules’ and the ‘playoff rules.’ You have rules so that neither the offense nor the defense has an unfair advantage. When you waive them at random moments based on unwritten, unclarified standards, you no longer have sport.

    What we really have are refs who are too chicken$h!t to do the right thing when the pressure is on. Don’t want to decide the outcome? You just did. What’s that quote? “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  8. Torrey Smith was held and interfered with all day including what would have a TD. Crabtree initiated contact on this play. Coach Jim had lousy game mgt a lousy play call and was out coached. But on your big girl panties coach Jim.

  9. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Feb 7, 2013 6:46 PM
    “Except when Navarro Bowman does it to Roddy White in the NFC Championship.

    Then it’s not one, right Jim?”

    This is exactly right. That final 4th and 7 for the Falcons was the worst holding/illegal contact/pass interference that I’ve ever seen. Not a word said by Falcons players or staff. The Forty-Whiners are sore losers.

  10. Agreed a penalty is a penalty whenever it happens. but really, your team gets spanked in the first half, now it’s the last non call of the game is why you lost? Like the refs never missed any other call during a game? Giving up 34 points is giving up 34 points no matter which game it happens in! Hahahahahaha

  11. He’s right, if it’s a penalty then it’s a penalty. This “let the players play” is silly, let them play within the rules, if they violate a rule then throw the flag.

    I’m not a 49ers or Ravens fan either, I didn’t really care who won.

    Violation should equal flag.

  12. By that logic, it would have been 1st and goal Atlanta from the 5 yard line and you would have most likely been watching the Superbowl from your couch.

  13. Well he’s right. And in my opinion it was a penalty worth a flag. If you’re biased, you’re going to say him bitching about it is just whining and this that or the other. But if you’re a fan of the game and you WATCH FOOTBALL, then you’ll no it was a BS no call. That’s what it was, BS non call.

  14. Stop Whining! If Crabtree didn’t run right into Jimmy Smith, he wouldn’t have been held in the first place. Crabtree wasn’t innocent either, for he had his arms all over Smith’s helmet…. FURTHERMORE! If the coordinator was smarter (i.e. curl Crabtree and Davis over Ray Lewis) they would’ve won that game. There’s a lot more reasons why they lost then because of a penalty, or lackthereof . Stop saying it was rigged. They let calls go on both sides. (See Torrey Smith’s deep ball that he was being bumped the whole 46 yards while the ball was in the air)…. One more thing… SCOREBOARD

  15. Roddy White was at 5 yards, Crabtree was at 7. One is legal, the other is not.

    There are pictures of the play in question that clearly shows a PI call being warranted. If you are one of those who believe Crabtree initiated contact, I agree in that his rout was taking him to a spot in the end zone, and the Corner knowing where the fade would take him, stepped in front (as he should). The foul comes 7yrds deep when handfuls of jersey and a hug of sorts occurs.

    Please don’t erase this as I’m not name calling as others have just stating what I and many others have seen after rewatching the game.

  16. Not a 49’ers fan, and can’t stand Jim Harbaugh but that won’t stop me from agreeing with him. Don’t know how it can be any other way…..otherwise, why even have officials for the “SB” if you’re suppose to allow the “players to play”? We saw countless blatant holding calls, missed PI calls, player shoving a ref, a couple of players swinging and hitting players, etc. etc., so where do you draw the line rubes?? These officials lost control of the game early in the 1st. quarter. I would still like to know which of the two teams would have won if even just the most blatant calls would’ve been called. Worst officiated SB I have ever saw and I have seen every one of them.

  17. This is why I am so happy the Niner’s lost. I disliked Harbaugh before, now with all his whining I rank him right up there with swartz.

  18. Exactly YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou- Bowman’s hit was illegal as well, don’t give me the 5 yards bs either, you don’t call that penalty in a game of that magnitude and you certainly don’t call the Crabtree play in the Super Bowl. Both good non- calls….next. Criminal is the “Tuck Rule”, now that’s a freakin’ joke, not this…people whine when refs are too involved and whine when they are not involved enough. Enough, PLEASE

  19. If this “call/non-call” play had involved the Jets, pft would finally succeed in crowding out all articles about any other aspect of the NFL.

  20. Stop whining. Your team got away with a penalty on the last play of the previous game, so shut you mouth and deal with the loss. It’s football.

  21. Let. It. Go.

    I’m starting to pity his brother. There’s never going to be a family event where he can bask in the glory of winning the SB without little brother whining about how the refs screwed him over.

  22. It was holding but whose to say they’d have scored if they’d gotten a first Dow at the two. They couldn’t have taken the the ravens ring by actually calling the penalty.

  23. Im sick of all you NINER-HATERS out there. You have to be absolutely BLIND to say that wasnt pass interference!! Jim harbaugh is a damn good coach whether you like his style or not…..that ticky-tack touch on roddy white was no where close to jimmy smith HOLDING crabtree while he’s trying to run the route….Harbaugh is the man, STOP HATING

  24. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Feb 7, 2013 6:46 PM
    Except when Navarro Bowman does it to Roddy White in the NFC Championship.

    Then it’s not one, right Jim?

    ————————

    You need to watch the tape. Snapped at the 10, contact at the 6.

    Bowman play was 100% legal, get your facts straight.

  25. Give the officials a break because they are human and will miss a call here or there. The problem was that this was occurring the entire game. On the very next play there was holding all over the field and it was not called. Official pushed ,no flag ,player’s helmet is off, player claims he didn’t know it was an official. The first 49er offensive play receives a ticky tacky call for illegal formation that usually receives a verbal warning “don’t do it again”. Same official watches Crabtree get mugged 3 times in a row and doesn’t do a thing.

  26. 1) it was a bad throw

    2) it was a bad play

    3) you left a timeout on the board and should’ve used it before that play to come up with something better so a rusher doesn’t go in unblocked

    Stop blaming the ref’s. it wouldve left a sour taste in everyones mouth if the niners got 4 more chances to put the ball in the endzone

  27. Get used to it, haters. He’s going to be around for a long time and the Niners are going to be back in the playoffs next year and contenders for many years to come. So, you’re all going to either have to get used to his act or one of these days your heads will explode. And, whether or not you’re a hater, you know he’s right. It’s either holding beyond the five yard limit or it’s not. In the Atlanta case, Bowman was four yards off the line. In the Ravens case it was in the end zone so, by definition it was beyond the five yard limit. And, if you’re a Seahawk fan, you know what it feels like to have the refs screw you in a Super Bowl, so just shut up, Seahawks fans.

  28. Say what you want, but it was a blatant pass interference call that probably cost them the game. A penalty of this magnitude has to be called, regardless of where you are(time wise) in the game. Absolutely the worst officiated game in SB history

  29. boo hoo , boo hoo, snibble snibble snibble , dry your eyes, you are making a fool of yourself, and are embarrassing your players….funny how he said nothing in the nfc championship game where it was 100% obvious on the 4th down play when Bowman tackled the guy clearly before the ball got there.

    This play was more then likely an uncatchable bad pass, and terrible play call, the refs could have just as easily call offensive pass interference.

    What this coach should really be saying , is thanking the league for turning off the light switch for a half hour in what was the biggest blowout in super bowl history at the time.

  30. Jim reminds me of my ex-wife – constantly crying and whining about EVERYTHING. Your team lost the game and no matter how much you bitch and moan, the outcome will not change. Please just shut the hell up.

  31. Keep on hatin everyone… Like Jim or not, the Niners are built for repeat Super Bowl appearances while your team sucks. Looking forward to 2013~ Go Niners!

  32. How appropriate that he’s in Calif. the state that prides itself on being whine country. What…wrong wine?

  33. AND now you guys outside the Bay Area know why they are called the 40 WHINERS! Give it up Harbaugh! There were non calls both ways all game. Like the hit on Flacco out of bounds not called. you lost the game well before that play. Next time try not letting the other team score 34 POINTS!!!!!
    Also both guys were pushing off, GREAT NO CALL!!!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. I’m getting sick and tired of this…this TOOL opening his mouth and whining and moaning trying to make Ravens fans feel like they stole something instead of taking defeat with grace.

    The 49ers had calls go their way too. No PI on the defenders when Torrey was interfered with near the endzone. How about the Atlanta Falcons Roddy White being contacted illegally by Navarro Bowman.

    They split hairs on the calls all day until they are blue in the face, but Jim Harbaugh acting like a victim isn’t making him a lot of friends. His own son is a video assistant for the Ravens, so not only is he trying to diminish his brother’s victory but also his son’s and that is out of line.

    Jim Harbaugh, quit being a crybaby, go home, and apologize to your son and work on winning it all next year.

  35. Jim sure as hell acts like the little brother. I have never seen a coach complain as much as he does. Act professional and set an example. By acting the way Jim does, he makes players like Gore, think its okay to say “we were the better team” after the game.

  36. I am not sure why this play is so scrutinized when the biggest non-call of the game was the Jacoby kickoff TD that should have never happened:

    Bruce Miller was absolutely mugged from behind and it wasn’t called. The play should have come back.

    Take away that TD, and who knows what would have happened.

  37. The whole notion of the refs “letting the players decide it” is ridiculous when the refs end up letting things go that have a direct impact on the result of the game.

    Carey Williams should have been thrown out, he earned that.
    On the third down play near the end Crabtree was defenseless and hit helmet to helmet by the Ravens DB.

    And then on the 4th down that was holding, illegal contact and PI take your pick. And for those saying that Crabtree was guilty of pushing off, fine, call them both, the penalties offset and replay fourth down.

    And I say all this as someone who dislikes both teams.

  38. If you see it, call it. The rules don’t change based on in-game circumstances. Let the players decide the game but do so within the rules. Not seeing something is understandable; a ref seeing something and purposely ignoring the rules lacks integrity and taints the game.

  39. Never heard Harbaugh say his team lost because of the refs. Refs were very bad, not just against the 49ers. (Akers penalty was aweful) If the Raven’s had lost there would be plenty of complaints about that call. Harbaugh knows why his team lost and it wasn’t the refs. Please let this be the last post about this crap.

  40. bigbluefan11 says:
    Feb 7, 2013 7:12 PM
    Whiny douche says what? Go throw another fit and set an example for all the Pop Warner, Junior League, and High School coaches that look up to you. douche.

    ———————-

    Says the Giants fan, possibly the most loud mouth team in the league.

  41. JackAcid says:
    Feb 7, 2013 7:11 PM
    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Feb 7, 2013 6:46 PM
    Except when Navarro Bowman does it to Roddy White in the NFC Championship.

    Then it’s not one, right Jim?

    ————————

    You need to watch the tape. Snapped at the 10, contact at the 6.

    Bowman play was 100% legal, get your facts straight.

    The holding continued while the ball was in the air, making it pass interference. Watch the tape. Bowman tackled him before the ball got to White.

  42. Bowman’s play was at 5 yards—–ok but the ball was in the frickin’ air when he was holding! If the ball is in flight you can’t grab the receiver! 1 yard 2 yards 5 yards 10 yards! Please stop the bitching Niners fans—–karma came calling.

  43. Really? Then going back to the ‘fail-mary’ pass that let Seattle take the game from Green Bay, that would have changed all of the playoff games and if SF had had to go back to Seattle or Green Bay, maybe they would not have won and not gone on to the Superbowl. You lost, okay, you don’t have to like it, just don’t bore us with your cry baby nonsense. There were tons of ‘non-calls’ that went your way. That’s just the way it is.

  44. Bowman did not hold White. I have the video and will cut it and post it on YouTube to definitively prove it. He made contact with him within 5 yards (ie legally), and made a play on the ball, knocking it down. If you think this is a penalty you can count yourself as a true football hack.

  45. Well then Jim, what about the personal foul for hitting Flacco out of bounds that wasn’t called that would have given the Ravens a first & goal?

  46. Hah! Winning the Super Bowl means you really don’t have to respond to these stupid comments. Baltimore Ravens – World Champions. Soak it up haters.

  47. Some wrote:
    Really? Then going back to the ‘fail-mary’ pass that let Seattle take the game from Green Bay, that would have changed all of the playoff games and if SF had had to go back to Seattle or Green Bay, maybe they would not have won and not gone on to the Superbowl. You lost, okay, you don’t have to like it, just don’t bore us with your cry baby nonsense. There were tons of ‘non-calls’ that went your way. That’s just the way it is.
    ——–

    Tate caught the pass before Jennings and maintained control throughout. The ref called it correctly.

  48. As a 49er fan I’m glad we don’t have the average coach that just rolls over. Jim reminds me of Madden who never saw a flag thrown on his team he ever liked. This is Jim’s style and his players will run through a brick wall for him. Most seem to hate him but he seems to be having a great deal of success .

  49. John presented himself so much better than Jim over the last two weeks. I like Jim Harbaugh and understand his frustration, but there was contact by both players on 4th down. It didn’t work out for your team. Losing with grace is part of the game. Both teams were impacted by calls, no calls, the blackout, injuries, etc.

    This makes 5 total NFL Championships for the city of Baltimore. We’re coming for you Steel City! Let me guess, before Super Bowl era championships don’t count, right? You would say that after that pathetic first 40 years of existence…

  50. Bill Polian himself who had a hand in putting the holding call in the game said it himself on 95.7 – it should have been a flag!

    Contact is allowed within 5 yards and Bowman man handled Roddy White within 5 yards! So that was the proper call…no Pass Interference on that play.

  51. @adebessi

    I’m pretty sure it was 3rd and 4 and all of the contact was within 5 yards. Worst you’ve ever seen? Must not have seen much.

  52. You know, there’s a lot of ignorance going on here. Imagine if EVERY Superbowl, from here on out, ended with a Referee’s call or non-call making the difference. I wouldn’t want it to happen to my team and if Harbaugh, with what you call complaining, can IMPROVE the game then complain as much as you have to, Jim.

  53. How our Pft stop posting dumb stories about non calls. I don’t hear anyone talking about Torrey smith getting held in the endzone on the bomb on the first half. I don’t hear anyone talking about the roughing the kicker call when brown didn’t touch a hair on Akers. Or how bout in the beginning of the 4th when bajema got mugged in the ENDZONE and then flacco got hit out of bounds on a 3rd and goal. The refs sucked both ways but the 9ers lost cause the ravens blew the doors off of them in the first half. GET OVER IT. If it wasn’t for a 34 minute delay the game would have been awful. Just be glad you had a chance (and blew it with terrible play calling)…rant over

  54. Someone wrote:
    Bowman’s play was at 5 yards—–ok but the ball was in the frickin’ air when he was holding! If the ball is in flight you can’t grab the receiver! 1 yard 2 yards 5 yards 10 yards! Please stop the bitching Niners fans—–karma came calling.
    ——-

    You must have been drunk, Bowman didn’t come close to holding White.

  55. Jim Harbaugh should be ashamed of himself for pretending to be an NFL coach. Everybody knows they don’t throw the flag in like 95% of last gasp plays. It was a terrible call and the 49ers deserved to lose based on that alone.

  56. Bowman swatted the ball down directly in front of White. There was contact before but the ball was thrown directly to White in tight coverage. Bowman made the play on the ball. Crabtree’s arms were held down and when he pushed out of the hold his jersey was pulled from behind. No where was a play made on the ball.

  57. Love him or hate him, I think by now everyone is crystal clear on his feelings about the no-call at the end of the game. How much longer do we need to beat this dead horse?

  58. The older brother ALWAYS wins, then has to listen to the whining…. John loves you anyway, Jim! Imagine how Jim would have shook that hand if the Niners pulled it off!!

    Now pardon me I gotta go to my kid brother’s house and whoop up on him!

  59. marvin49 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:30 PM

    @adebessi

    I’m pretty sure it was 3rd and 4 and all of the contact was within 5 yards. Worst you’ve ever seen? Must not have seen much.
    *********************************

    For real. Love the BS comparisons between contact inside five yards. Not to mention that Bowman disengaged just as Ryan released the ball. The two situations weren’t even close.

  60. It’s amazing to me that so many who say they know football or actually watched the game again can say the play in question was a penalty and should have been called. You asswipes whine when the refs make calls you whine when they don’t. The play in question could have been called illegal contact, it could have been defensive holding, it could have been offensive pass interference. The refs let it go pretty much like they had been doing the whole game on both sides. Now if you want to side with Harbaugh and say everything should be called then be ready for 4 or 5 hour long games because you can pretty much call a penalty on every single play!

  61. Someone ask him if his contention holds true when he reviews the tape of the NFC Championship game when they mugged Roddy White on the last play.

  62. I feel bad for Kaepernick. As the leader of the offense you can’t get to high when things go right, or get to low when things go wrong. Look what happened to Kaepernick after he threw that interception in the superbowl, He couldn’t let that play go, so it effected his play for the rest of the game. Harbaugh has a big influence on his players, especially the younger ones.

  63. The play was officiated the same way the entire game was. It wouldn’t have been a penalty in the first quarter and it wasn’t in the fourth quarter. Rewatching the game as a Raven fan there were about 8 calls the refs ignored against the 49ers.

  64. WOW the biased ignorance here is amazing. So you rip a coach for complaining about a penalty that wasn’t called in the super bowl yet if it was you in his position or heck.. if it was your team and you were a fan you would be here protesting and saying the exact same things. lol talk about being ignorant

  65. The more Jim talks about getting screwed by the refs the less likely the 49ers learn from the real mistakes they made that cost them the game.

  66. Right. So when the 49er hit Flacco two yards out of bounds on 3rd and goal at the one, a flag should’ve been called, right? To give the Ravens 3 chances to punch it in from the half yard line and put the game out of reach, right?

  67. Apparently pushing an official and tackling D linemen on an intentional safety aren’t penalties either.

  68. First and Foremost…
    Crabtree initiates contact, running directly into the defenders chest and THEN pushes off. Did Smith grab him? yes.Does Crabtree push off with hands to the face? yes….this call could have been deemed offensive pass interference or defensive pass interference. Furthermore, the ball was clearly NOT catchable, making the NON-CALL the correct call. IF Harbaugh wants to mention non-calls, maybe he should review the game film because Torrey Smith was mugged all game by Culliver not to mention the BLATANT PI in the first half which, minus the contact, would have been a touchdown . Furthermore….SF offensive line was TACKLING Balt. defenders all game, no calls, and the NON CALL on Balt. last drive when a SF defender hits Flacco 2 yrds out of bounds, a clear case of Roughing the passer. This call would have moved the ball half the distance and may have resulted in a TD rather than the FG they settled for. SF’s RG clearly steps back and pivots left on every trap play WAYYY before the ball is snapped….again, no calls. SF safety Gholstan dives helmet first into players in the pile clearly after the whistle the entire game, again no calls initiated for a personal foul. How about the phantom running into the kicker where there was CLEARLY NO CONTACT which game SF a muligan on an Akers miss? Whiner fans need to just admit, while the officiating was NOT perfect, the officials let em play!!!! SF fans are the most fair weathered whiney fans I have ever encountered. I have no dog in this hunt, I am a die hard fan of another west coast team and find the last two years of whining and excuses from SF fans, players and especially Harboohoo sickening. Funny, it was made clear than during the power outtage Jim and SF had communications and John and Balt did NOT, hence the sideline tirade from John during the outtage. I don’t see Jim mentioning that this clear advantage given to SF absolutely helped them adjust their gameplan and allowed them back into the game. Long story short, without the blackout, SF gets BLOWN the F*CK OUT and Harboo-hoo needs to grow a pair and just admit he got outcoached and his team LOST plain and simple. Quit whining and congratulate your damn brother for God’s sake!

  69. For all you people telling harbaugh to shut up, if all of these calls went against your team you would be complaining to. Holding on the Jones td return, Ed reed being offside on the 2 pt conversion and no flag for contacting an official. If you don’t want to call the pass interference at the end of the game, then don’t throw the flag on the niners the drive before for pass interference which led to the ravens kicking a field goal. But of course since your team did not make it to the Super Bowl you have to attack Harbaugh instead of realizing he has a point. This game was horribly officiated.

  70. Just to add….SF ran BLATANT PICK ROUTES with their receivers, something they did all season and no calls throughout the season and playoffs. Officials take note, this crytit wants to complain call EVERYTHING on em

  71. atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Feb 7, 2013 7:19 PM
    The whole notion of the refs “letting the players decide it” is ridiculous when the refs end up letting things go that have a direct impact on the result of the game.

    Carey Williams should have been thrown out, he earned that.
    On the third down play near the end Crabtree was defenseless and hit helmet to helmet by the Ravens DB.

    And then on the 4th down that was holding, illegal contact and PI take your pick. And for those saying that Crabtree was guilty of pushing off, fine, call them both, the penalties offset and replay fourth down.

    And I say all this as someone who dislikes both teams.
    ————————————————-

    And since you’re an obvious 49er fan, you must have forgotten the play where the Ravens defender on his back during the scrum had his helmet intentionally kicked off his head by a 49er (who should have been kicked out as well).

    Then there was the pivotal non-call on the illegal hit on Flacco 5 yards out of bounds on the Ravens’ last drive. Had THAT play had been called properly, the Ravens would have had the ball around the 5 yard line and WOULD HAVE scored a TD; thus making the game out of reach at that point.

  72. billb49 says: “And, if you’re a Seahawk fan, you know what it feels like to have the refs screw you in a Super Bowl, so just shut up, Seahawks fans.”

    The Seahawks had lousy calls ALL game. Leavy finally admitted he made calls that affected the outcome (not purposely, but bad calls all the same).

    To compare the two games is ridiculous. so, to paraphrase billb49 just shut up, 40whiner fans

  73. Such a crybaby. I didn’t hear Niner fans complaint when they got away an obvious pass interference penalty at the end of the Falcons game. How about blaming your horrible game planning that got you in deep holes in every playoff game.

  74. Seriously people … wake up … Jim knows the league can’t change the outcome of the Super Bowl game … he is trying to intimidate the league officials for next year.

    Look in up in the dictionary.

    in·tim·i·date
    1. to make timid; fill with fear.
    2. to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior display of wealth, talent, etc.
    3. to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear

    He did in the NFC championship game against the Falcons. Having a fit on the refs on a close play so than later in the game like the Bowman/White … he has a close play go his way.

  75. I don’t even think that was a catchable ball. If Crabtree had kept running full tilt and somehow managed to snag it, it looked like he would have come down out of bounds unless he made an unbelievable circus leg drag. Could that have happened? Sure, but the Ravens also could have marched right down the field with about a minute and a half left and won anyway. Coulda woulda shoulda… Didn’t.

  76. Jim Harbaugh: Shut Up. NO ONE likes you. Or your classless team. Plain and simple.

    Schwartz should have knocked your classless butt out last year when he had the chance.

  77. Typically holding will never be called unless it persists after the receiver tries to turn. Smith let go. I watched it 20 times. I don’t think you could ever call that at any time of the game. There weren’t really ticky-tack pentalties called any other time in the game. It was consistent. It certainly wasn’t PI either.

  78. Oh yes. The play calling on that entire series is going to eat at Jim Harbaugh for the rest of his days. That’s what this is really about. He’s looking for any little reason to justify that terrible series.

  79. Feb 7, 2013 7:26 PM
    Hah! Winning the Super Bowl means you really don’t have to respond to these stupid comments. Baltimore Ravens – World Champions. Soak it up haters.

    7 4

    King of the haters and fan boy extraordinary why did you contradict yourself by responding?….your dim witted friend wants to know…such a tool

  80. Short of the defensive back tackling the receiver there is not going to be a flag thrown in a Super Bowl at that point in time. The players should decide the game and I don’t think there is an official with the stones to do it unless it was beyond obvious. Had we had good Safety play from Whitner and good DB play from Culliver, as well as getting Lewis into as many single coverage situations or out in space situations as possible we would not be having this discussion. Neither coordinator padded their resume for head coaching jobs with their performance on Sunday. Kapernick said he audibled to Crabtree because “we did not have a play called for zero coverage.”

  81. Charlie Casserly has been saying this for years now. It’s this type of officiating that causes chaos. Furthermore at what point in the game do you decide to “let em play” anyway? And to what extent? It’s all nonsense and happens in other sports as well. Why not just take officials completely off the field then. Yes like one person said and I agree it’s a lotta ignorance on here.

  82. Interesting. I guess I agree a penalty is a penalty, but if the status-quo is refs don’t call that kind of play in the last few minutes – to call it there wouldn’t have been right, and it would have been against the commonly accepted policy.

    All that said, with Seattle vs Green Bay having something similar happen – I think people would prefer if the call is actually called.

    Whereas I agree the NFL should call a penalty on any play the same – ending the year the way it was commonly handled was the right thing to do. If in 2013/14 they want to change it – so be it.

  83. I understand this is an emotionally draining game; but the game is over. The 49ers didn’t lose because of that last play, they lost because of their overall play! If it wasn’t for the lights going out they wouldn’t have been in the game. They were on they ropes just like we were on the ropes after the power came back on!

  84. Gotta love all the Jim Harbaugh hate on here. Shows he’s doing something right. Run the score up on the league next year Jim. Make the refs a non factor.

  85. His point about penalties is right. The refs cannot arbitrarily decide when and when not to enforce the rules. If it’s against the rules, it’s a penalty, regardless of how much time is on the clock.

  86. I lost all respect for Jimmy Har-bawl when they were beating Buffalo by thirty something points and the Forty-Whiners were called for a 5 yard penalty and he wouldn’t let it go the rest of the game. Harped on the refs every time one got close to him. He needs to get thicker skin and learn how and when to pick his battles. After all his complaining I wouldn’t be surprised if he never gets a close call go his way ever again.

  87. What a total jerk. His brother actually lies and calls him the greatest coach in the NFL on 3 different occasions. You would think that at his post game presser he would congratulate his brother and mention how he finally did it after the heartbreak of the previous year. So what does he do? Starts complaining about the refs and how he wuz robbed. Selfish prick.

  88. Charlie Casserly has been saying this for years now. It’s this type of officiating that causes chaos. Furthermore at what point in the game do you decide to “let em play” anyway? And to what extent? It’s all nonsense and happens in other sports as well. Why not just take officials completely off the field then. Yes like one person said and I agree it’s a lotta ignorance on here.

    *****************************************************

    Refs let them play all game. They didn’t call any of the muggings that were going on all game and they let Flacco get hit well out bounds on the last drive. Call that play and AT THE VERY LEAST the Ravens run 3 more plays and run off another 1-2 minutes off the clock and 9ers have to burn all their TO’s. Didn’t see Whiny Jim begging for a flag on that play though, after all a penalty is a penalty.

  89. Poor Whineybaugh. I don’t understand how a coach at the NFL level can be complaining about one play when EVERY PLAY BEFORE MATTERED AS WELL! Man up Whineybaugh, you should know better than to drag this out. As a long time LA/St. louis Rams’ fan, I can truthfully say the Niners(now Whiners) are the team I dislike the most. Now I can also say that they are becoming the team I have the least respect for too. Whineybaugh should be grateful for the power outage or his Whiners who were on the ropes and reeling would have been blown out!

  90. And a whiny coach is a whiny coach.
    Watch the tape, jimmy boy…. Why aren’t you whining about the fact that your line was holding blatantly on almost every play?
    Can’t have it both ways. If it all comes down to one play, you screwed up.
    Take an aspirin and lie down. You’ll be ok.

  91. I love the line from the NFL Honors show..

    Jim Harbaugh is not overly excited he has just been trying to pass a kidney stone for the past 20 years………..

    You coach an NFL team and get that high up in an organization and your still a Jerk…. That should not happen………

    He should know how to act to represent a billion dollar corporation which is what an NFL team is…….

  92. I saw some hand checking going on there. Both players were active in penalties, so the refs didnt toss a flag.

    Another thing I noticed. Every time they showed Jim on TV, he was yelling at an official about something. Think they dont take that into consideration when they might throw an iffy flag in your favor?

    I thought the call was good. The ball probably wouldnt have been caught anyway because Kaepernick threw it way too far and Crab would have had to pull off some real miracle type stuff to snag it.

    Like someone else said. I didnt hear Jim Harbaugh complaining after the NFCCG whem Bowman was draped all over a guy while the ball was in the air. He thought that was a great non-call. Wow, is Jim Harbaugh ever going to stop whining about everything|?

  93. I wish he would just take responsibility and address what everyone who was watching the game was thinking…why the hell didn’t he run the ball three more times with the ball at the 5 and less than 2 minutes left to play? I guess pointing the finger at the ref is taking heat off his poor decision making/coaching.

  94. Being a Raiders fan I can definitely sympathize with 49ers fans, no doubt they got hosed big time. No call on the block in the back on the kick off return, no call on the face mask prior to Davis fumbling, no call on Ed reed offside on the 2pt conversion, no call or ejection for pushing the ref and the final play way definitely pass interference or holding. I will admit a hit of bounds should have been called for Flacco. All and all these ref’s sucked.

    For those of you non-knowledgable football(ravens fans) You are allowed contact by the defender or the receiver within 5 yards, after contact Crabtree was clearly being held and he tried to break free from that hold. If the ref’s were to scared to call it one way they should have called offsetting penalties and replayed the down.

  95. Your Father needs to teach you how to be a better loser and a better brother. You should really look up to your older brother to see what a class act he is and learn from him. Family comes first, the game comes second, at least you could of been a little more excited for your brother.

    You have also proven that you are a choker when the game is on the line. Those 4 calls will forever be on your mind and how you choked.

  96. Oh and stop bringing up the Falcons game because the contact was within 5 yards and Julio Jones was pushing off all game, so please stop. And the falcons had a 17pt lead at home and gave it away.

  97. A lot of Niner haters out there. All I can say is we lost the game at the first half. But bounced back at the second half. Refs flagged the Niners like crazy but didnt flag the Ravens for pushing one of the Refs with two hands. In the end, we were stopped from a no call holding.

    Any case, Jim Harbaugh on his second year took us to the NFC Championship and Superbowl. I’d say he’ll master this corrupt Ref system they have in the NFL.

  98. Welcome to America in 2013 where it is always someone else’s fault.

    The Whiners are really living up to their moniker.

  99. Careful what you wish for coach. I’m throwing a flag every other play if I’m doing a forty whiner game next year. Would love to tell him ” a penalty is a penalty” over and over.

  100. There’s a saying among NBA refs from which they train incoming refs from day one:

    in crunch time, the players step up, and we the refs step down.

    We, as fans, over all sports, do not want to see referees deciding games. It’s going to need to be flagrant to get called. No matter what anyone says, that’s what fans want to see, unless that flag/foul helps your rooting interests. They haven’t forgotten that all of this, in the end, is for entertainment.

  101. I haven’t heard this much whining from a coach since Mike Holmgren got off the plane in Seattle after SB XL.

  102. Dude whines no matter what… He always has lucky for him he inherited a franchise desperate success bit filled with talent from picking in the Top 5-10 every year in the Draft for like a decade.

    Once they stop winning (might not happen for awhile) he will be run out of the league. He lacks class and humility, what’s funny is the superbowl was JIM on my his BEST behavior! He’s usually wayyyyyyyyyyyy worse but goes un-noticed. He was smiling knowing his brother was on the other side. Usually he’s a little b*tch. JS dude wins and looses with no class..

    Call was correct anyways and this wasn’t even the worst officiated game of the season or even in a super bowl! Get over it!! Teams benefit from non calls all year including the niners. It’s okay though you won’t be back any time soon, you’ll be lucky to win your division next year.

  103. You had four chances to score and didn’t. Accept the loss like a man. Ps that ball was not catchable.

  104. Coach better in the first half and the final 2 minutes of the game don’t make a difference. Ravens have been a flawed team all year but Jim & co were clearly outcoached by John & co.

  105. Never realized how many ignorant football fans there were in the world. Bowman’s play WAS legal however the last two plays in the Ravens game may have not been but it’s not the reason the 49ers lost. It was a culmination of bad plays. 49ers are the better team but did not play like it last Sunday and fell 5 yards short. 49ers fans don’t worry not that you are Harbaugh was not outcoached as evidence by the 468 yards of total offense (by the way outgaining the Ravens by over a hunderd total yards even with 2 turnovers) just the victim of a young quarterback running the offense. Real observers will note that Delanie Walker and Vernon Davis were wide open on back to back plays inside the 5 yard line so I don’t want to hear about bad play calling. Kap just has a tendency as all young quarterbacks do to only focus on the primary receiver in the pattern and missed his second and third reads. Devastaing loss but with 15 picks in the draft, most of the young talent locked up and the balliest and brightest coach in the game let the haters hate that’s how you know we are back!!! As far as Harbaugh whining I believe he was asked for his opinion and as always he gave an honest answer. I also heard him congratulate the Ravens and his brother as well as noted how tough and resiliant they are. They bounced back from a devastating Championship loss to the Giants and most said they wouldn’t make it back history said they wouldn’t and they ended up in the Super Bowl with a chance to win. Something tells me this time next year the same people on this blog will be complaining about Harbaugh again but this time it will about the way he holds the Lombardi trophy telling us 49er fans how they won’t be able to repeat. You people are funny though, whining about our coach whining? They are right about one thing let’s turn the page, look to the future it holds our sixth trophy and it’s only a matter of months. Hate on that it’s what your good at you only wish your football teams were as good at football.

  106. well one thing is for certain…there is an east coast bias that is alive and well these days. After decades of the 70’s, 80’s and west coast dominace leagues fueled by east coast media ( BSPN for example) have tried to do all they can to ensure some east coast presence in sports…even if it means cheating, making up some tuck rules, creating things like the bcs, allowing trades like kevin garnette to the celtics, Lebron james to the heat, but block a trade like Chris Paul to the Lakers. Telling teams like Boise St, they belong in the big east, having the ncaa only investigate and suspend west coast teams etc……with that said coach, quit your whining…you lost…game over…move on.

  107. I will agree with Harbaugh under one condition…..he goes back and watches game film against the Falcons and admits the 49ers should not have advanced due to nearly identical circumstances. Do that, and I will become a Harbaugh fan. Don’t, and he remains a tiresome whiner with a superiority complex.

  108. Realtruth210 says:: Being a Raiders fan I can definitely sympathize with 49ers fans, no doubt they got hosed big time. No call on the block in the back on the kick off return, no call on the face mask prior to Davis fumbling, no call on Ed reed offside on the 2pt conversion, no call or ejection for pushing the ref and the final play way definitely pass interference or holding. I will admit a hit of bounds should have been called for Flacco. All and all these ref’s sucked.

    For those of you non-knowledgable football(ravens fans) You are allowed contact by the defender or the receiver within 5 yards, after contact Crabtree was clearly being held and he tried to break free from that hold. If the ref’s were to scared to call it one way they should have called offsetting penalties and replayed the down.
    TRUE!!!!! u for got to point out on that same last set of downs on 2nd down I believe, Kaep threw to Crab in the right front corner, that also was a p.i.

  109. Jim would lose if he had Baltimore, NE, Atlanta or even the Seahawks. He has always been on the loosing side dating back to when he played. Remember…o ya thats right.
    He took over a team with 300 pro bowlers and this is the best he can do?

    Its over 9ers!! you had your 15 minutes again….this time it was a bit shorter!! AND we all love it now because of your”coach”!

  110. He didn’t cry when Bowman held White but does he ever when it happens to his team. 49er fans should be embarrassed for the coach whining so much in the news. Think the NFL is going to reverse it and give you a Super Bowl?? Give it up, its getting pathetic

  111. I agree it was a holding call the drive before on a similar play they call a hold on culliver that led to the game winning FG to make it a 5 point game. Bad call, but you cannot play a half of football and rely on a call to go your way.

  112. Again, not a fan of either SB team, don’t care for John Harbaugh and dispise Jim Harbaugh, (and we’ll leave Ray Lewis out of it , lol ) but the NBA reached it’s height of popularity and it’s been down hill ever since……ever since the refs apply different standards to different players. LeBron James can take 4 steps and it isn’t traveling but Joe Bag-o-doughnets gets whistled for 2 steps. If the NFL wants to become the next NBA, then keep going with the double standards on penalties etc. I have a hard time believing that the NFL liked what it saw in the SB, giving the final say on who wins and who doesn’t to the officials. I would bet the farm that this group won’t officiate a SB for …..quite some time.

  113. What a cry baby. Remember about 10 years ago when the giants collapsed at candlestick. Well we had a pass interference call on a lineman who was an eligible receiver that was never called. So deal with the calls and the non calls it goes both ways. We are now even.

  114. 1. Play calls on 2nd and 3rd down were good calls, just poor execution (Kap should have run on 2nd and should have been patient on 3rd because Walker was open at the 1)

    2. The worse no-call was actually on the 2nd down play, Crabtree was in the front of the End Zone, ball was at the 2 and the defender was pulling Crabtrees hand down.

    3. Jim Harbaugh is one of the Top 5 Head Coaches in the NFL, dislike him all you want he’s going to be here a while!

    4. Bowman no call was all with in the rules, real time or slow mo.

    5. The point that Harbaugh is making that some of the posters actually understood is that the Officials can’t pick and choose when they will or won’t throw a flag, if it’s a foul it’s a foul…
    PERIOD!!!

    6. Can’t wait for the Combine, Draft and OTA’s so we can get this Part started for 2013

    9ers Today-9ers Tomorrow-9ers Forever

  115. I guess this article was written to be seen/commented by all the non-knowledgeable Ravens football fans.

    We got it, you won, we lost. But the coach giving his opinion on the no-call and calling him a whiner? He can whine all he want but I bet none of you in this lifetime will ever be in the position where he is.

  116. Dear Jim,

    If anything Crabtree should have been flagged for offensive pass interference for running right into Smith and pushing off.

    Learn how to lose gracefully

  117. It’s not like it decided the game.

    #1 – Even if it’s called, Niners still have to score from 1st and goal

    #2 – Even if the Niners score, the Ravens will have at least a minute and a half, possibly with some timeouts. A FG would win or tie, depending on the Niners getting a 2 point conversion.

    Plus the Niners have been on the good side of two of the biggest botched calls in playoff history. The 1998 and 2002 Wild Cards had end very end of the game gifts from the refs that let them advance instead of lose.

  118. The Seahawks were the beneficiaries of the worst call of the season. Does that mean they’re allowed to get jobbed on later on in the season?

    No.

    The 49ers may have benefited from a bad call in Atlanta. But they got jobbed 3 of the last 4 plays in the Super Bowl.

    One doesn’t have anything to do with the other.

    Baltimore won because of bad officiating.

  119. I’ve defended Harbaugh for a long time, even leading up to the superbowl. But after this I don’t like him. Suck it up, you lost the game plain and simple. Anyone who chalks up an entire game by one questionable play is a whiner and a poor sport. There were plenty of opportunities to win that game, and the Niners were lucky to even be in it towards the end. They got beat physically and out coached. He made a bad call on fourth down anyways.

  120. “dolphandan says:
    Feb 7, 2013 7:45 PM
    Apparently pushing an official and tackling D linemen on an intentional safety aren’t penalties either.”

    Makes no difference.
    Offensive holding in the end zone is a safety after the play is over.
    Same result with same amount of time off the clock.
    And apparently hitting Flacco out of bounds isn’t a penalty either.

  121. I cant believe hes still complaining, but well forget about Bowman mugging Roddy White. When its in your favor its ok, sore loser Jimmy.

  122. Maybe instead of getting mad about the officiating he should get ticked at his own team’s fumble, interception, and the special teams missed tackle that resulted in a 108-yard kickoff return. Or he could just continue to blame everyone else for the loss, as he’s been doing.

  123. I am obviously a 49er fan and frankly I’m sick of Harbaugh’s bitching, whats done is done. I think he’s still complaining to cover up and distract people from the fact that he and Roman really screwed up the play calling on that last drive, the Niners are a run first team and thats what got them to the Super Bowl!! Jim, shut it down, take a break and then concentrate on next season. We’ll be back better than ever…

  124. If the 9ers had won his brother would be crying about something. It’s how they roll. You can’t tell me all that moaning John did with the lights out didn’t influence the refs. As much as I hate it Jim is right, 1st or last play, call it like the rule book says

  125. I am a huge Michigan fan.. In fact, I started watching when Harbaugh was qb and i agree there was holding on the play, but the fact is that when crabtree put his hand on the db’s helmet and the db went to the turf, the ref was left no choice to either call offsetting or leave be.

    Jim, you have potentially the most dangerous runner/passer combo in a qb ever, and a hell of a good guy to boot. Why are you not running at some point….

    and really, ask Green Bay what is truly like to get screwed out of a game..

  126. Ok, let’s be honest. If it was one of our teams in that situation and a flag wasn’t thrown we’d be pissed off too. The problem I have is that if the niner’s would have played sixty minutes instead of a half it may not have even come down to that. On a more serious note I think Jim might want to tone it down a little. You lost. And, your brother won. I wouldn’t let your reaction to this cause a rift in your family. I watched the game and when it was over I felt like the niner’s have the better talent but the Ravens were clearly the better team. Besides that, maybe if the first three offensive play calls would have been better you wouldn’t have been in a fourth down situation anyway.

  127. I’m sure Harbaugh brought his whine and cheese with him to Pebble Beach this week. He will probably complain about all the PENALTY strokes he takes on the golf course too.

  128. Niner fan here. Don’t totally waste two time outs and the refs can’t hurt you. Never use a time out in the 3rd quarter, ever.

  129. the loser of the superbowl usually cant make the next year superbowl… sorry niners.. im not a seahwaks fans but they have a shot next year ,.. i hope my giants play at home in the superbowl

  130. Cred dropping rapidly for this hothead… Won’t surprise me if they don’t make it back. How about coach your team better and stop diluting yourself with long winded BS.

  131. It is doubtful they would have scored even if a flag was thrown. Also, if Kaepernick had thrown a better pass, it would have been a TD. Also, Kaepernick should have thrown it to the wide open tight end. Giving the ball to Gore probably would have won the game. That timeout probably blew the game for the 49rs. Jim Harbaugh was out-coached.

  132. Amazingly tightly played game that kind of covered how poorly it was officiated.
    The Ravens draw a PI on the previos possession that continues a drive on a 3rd down leading to a field goal.
    But at that point I guess it was let them play. lol

    Pretty blatent hold to “end” the game. Fill up the box to stop the run the hold the receivers you dont have the people left to cover.

    Waste of a historically good foot ball game, by the officials.

  133. Jim Harbaugh is a crybaby, and hypocritical for not acknowledging that the 49ers got away with one in Atlanta two weeks before, and they wouldn’t have even been in this situation if the play-calling had been better on that drive.

    However, that doesn’t really detract from the fact that everything he says here is absolutely correct.

  134. Should be consistent throughout the game. Tired of seeing games ruined by a late game change in rules.

  135. You never cease to amaze me John. Like others have said previous, that hold against Atlanta on the last play of the game was even more blatant than the one in the SuperBowl. How can you get away with the call in one game, then continue to complain about it in another when it goes against you?

  136. The old coach once said, “when you complain about refs calls you have lost the game”.
    Bad calls happen. Stop whining. Grow up.

  137. Hey inconvenient truth,

    Here is some inconvenient truth for ya…..Giants and Ravens are champs ur whiny team and whiny coach are not and never will be.

    Harbaby though bright is a flawed coach. He can’t see his or his teams faults. Just like Rex Ryan his best days have passed. His act will wear out and he will be fired in a few yrs.

  138. Falcons lost in the EXACT same kind of situation the week before Jim. So your team got exactly what they handed out to get there in the first place. The difference? The Falcons don’t complain at all. They made the defensive stop and tried the last Hail Mary with an injured QB. No complaining during the game, no complaining after. They admitted the game shouldn’t have come down to that play in the first place. If your team didn’t suck again in the first half, you wouldn’t have been in that situation.

  139. Jim – Your right a penalty is a penalty. So you should have called holding on the Kaepernick touchdown run when you guys were holding the ends.

    They should have called a personal foul penalty when you hit Flacco 3-5 yards out of bounds on 3rd down.

    And you got away with one one the roughing the kicker call.

    You lost get over it, it was clear from the beginning of this game they were going to let them play.

  140. OMG quit crying.

    People talk about the inconsistency of the officiating….in this case it was perfectly consistent. They hadn’t called those types of penalties all game. To call it at that point….after they had let the players play that way all game….would have been a joke.

    I do agree with Jim when he says a penalty in the first quarter is the same as one in the fourth….however, you have to enforce that penalty in the first quarter…you can’t just suddenly decide to throw a flag in the fourth.

    I also agree with the above poster that feels bad for John. There is no way Jim will ever let him enjoy that win as “legitimate”…he will always whine that the refs gave it to him.

  141. It’s funny how biased us football fans are, when it comes to calls. I mean that was absolutely p.i. , everybody knows it, but sometimes it doesn’t get called. People who wanted the niners to win, can’t believe it, people who hate are like stop crying. I don’t understand an official saying they don’t want to affect a game, well then why are they even out there. I knew it was gonna be bad, when they started building up how bad these officials were, a week or two before the game. I also don’t understand why people hate Jim harbaugh , so much. First off he is a top three head coach in this league, second I think all fans would love to see his fire, loyalty, competitiveness. Of course he is upset, he just lost the game he has been dreaming about winning his whole life. I know I was on the verge of tears at the end of that game. I guess us niners are just a little more passionate, than the rest of you haters. The funny thing is, we finally got a superstar quarterback again, so as far as all these haters, coming out in full force, I guess it was to be expected….,

  142. Agreed Jimbo:

    Looked Sherman and Browner mugged the Raven DB’s in the tunnel and stole their uni’s and played the SB for Baltimore, they got away with so much…..
    ALL GAME LONG.

    Lets just hope they let the next SB be played that way.
    Consistency. That’s all we want

  143. niners856 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:08 PM

    Im sick of all you NINER-HATERS out there. You have to be absolutely BLIND to say that wasnt pass interference!! Jim harbaugh is a damn good coach whether you like his style or not…..that ticky-tack touch on roddy white was no where close to jimmy smith HOLDING crabtree while he’s trying to run the route….Harbaugh is the man, STOP HATING

    Delirious –^

    This play was a foul on both players that is why it wasn’t called you whiney Niner fans. Smith held and Crabtree shoved him to the ground, not to mention the ball was uncatchable.
    It has been stated over and over but this game was over at half-time, no power outage and it would have been the biggest SB blowout in history.

    I hate both teams, these are just the facts.–^

  144. Coach Harbaugh should remember that the only reason he played the Green Bay Packers at home in the playoffs is because the Packers got hosed in the Seattle game by the refs. If that call had been made, Green Bay would have been the number 2 seed, and San Fran would have tried out their new offense on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Who knows? San Francisco may not have even been playing in the Super Bowl.

    Over the course of a season, the calls tend to even out. It’s time for Harbaugh to “man up” and quit whining. It isn’t seemly. Compare his behavior to Mike McCarthy’s class act. Coach McCarthy actually called the ref that made the call after the game and told him “no hard feelings” and that he was sorry the ref had to take the threats that fans were making.

  145. this guy is the biggest whiner in the NFL. I hope we never see him in a big game like that again. you had your shot you lost. get over it

  146. Middle child syndrome, the whole world is against him. The NFL should fine is butt 100,000 for side line antics as unprofessional behavior and keep doing it till he stops. His is an example for young people just like the players. Goddell would get big fairness mileage with the players if he comes down hard on this whiner and no class coach. This was the national showcase game, act like you deserve to be there.

  147. I totally agree with his point. Somehow a system has to be figured out that takes the mood of the refs out of the equasion. With all the cameras and giant hi def tv,s out there, nobody missed seeing the fowl… Ravens fans included. But for this one play the refs decided that dam near tackling the reciever on just this one play, just this one time is leagle today? Makes you wonder if there was some underlying adjenda that we were not informed of. Maybe the long reach of vegas had some influence.

  148. That is the difference between John and Jim. Jim has no idea of how the Refs will make him regret calling them out. If Jim thinks he got screwed in this game, wait until you see what happens next year. The Refs will really give him something to whine about.

  149. Apparently the 49ers have never, ever, since Jim Harbaugh has been the coach, been the beneficiary of a non-call. Never. They are always the victim. In fact, they should be undefeated in all games throughout the last two seasons.

    Shut up Jim Harbaugh.

  150. I’m a 49ers fan & the way I saw things was that SF had plenty of opportunities to have won the game in earlier situations. It never boils down to the last play. Get the job done earlier in the game & you wouldn’t be worrying about the last play. Kaep missing Crabtree w/a simple pass earlier in the game spelled their demise in my opinion.

  151. He was a crybaby when he played quarterback at Michigan. He was a crybaby when he played in the pros. He was a crybaby at Stanford as coach. He’s a crybaby in the NFL. Nothings going to change. If he or his team does anything it’s okay but if the same thing happens to his team he does nothing but cry. Get over it crybaby.

  152. Jim is just spoiled. He whined and got the Kicker Flop that gave him 3 points. He whined and got no arm bar and no hands to the face interference on Anquan Boldin. He whined and got a late hit call on Kapernick. He whined and got no late hit, out of bounds on Flacco.

    So when Jimmy Smith gets pushed to the ground, but supposedly was just holding, he expects to get that call as well.

    Give me another example, when the defender is pushed to the ground that pass interference holding is called?

    Also, Crabtree was actually free from Smith because Smith was on the ground. If the ball is thrown where it should have been, he catches it. It was thrown out of bounds. He couldn’t have caught it anyway.

  153. Pass interference was called the same way throughout the game..It wasn’t called. Bolden made his key catch, being hit early and face guarded. Torrey Smith was arm-barred all game.

  154. I have read most of the posts and I can’t see one that states the obvious: It is 1st and goal from the 7.5 yard line with less than two minutes to play and the Niners have 2 time outs………and they can’t make it in……The Refs didn’t lose the gam for the Niners…..The Ravens did. Great game; poor Coaching on the Niners part in their short yardage package.

  155. @raiderrob-Raider nation, hahaha. got to love it when the most dysfunctional franchise talks mess about another team. No raiderrob if we were the raiders crabtree would have said that harbaugh sabotaged the play calling in the SB. now everyone outside the bay can see how dumb some raider fans are.

  156. This guy is so annoying. I don’t hear him complaining about the no flag when his guy drilled Flacco 2 yards out of bounds on a key 4th Q 3rd down play.

  157. I hate the 49ers as much as anyone, and Harbaugh is a punk. But do you really think that if you were the head coach and your team was screwed by the refs in the closing seconds of the SUPER BOWL that you wouldn’t complain? Hate to say it, but the Roddy White play was within the 5 yd jam zone, and the SB non-call was a hold, not illegal contact. Apples and oranges. The Niners did get the benefit of no personal foul on Flacco on the sideline hit, and I saw a clear hold on the o-line on the play that Vernon Davis dropped the ball that was not called, and those calls may have impacted the game too. But the Ravens blatantly held # 49 of the Niners on the kick return for what would have been an 80 yard penalty and Ed Reed was clearly offsides on the Niners 2 pt conversion. Jim and the crew got screwed hard on 3 SCORING plays, and that easily trumps the calls that went SF’s way. While we’ll never know how different the game would have been, the Niners got screwed hard multiple times on the 2 biggest plays of the game, and it almost surely cost them a title. And his premise right by the way – if they are not going to call even obvious infractions, why even have refs? If anyone is going to get a ring stolen, I’m glad it’s SF. But make no mistake, the refs fear of making game changing calls (even though they were the correct calls) is why they didn’t have at least late lead, if not a title.

  158. @seasea3

    “But do you really think that if you were the head coach and your team was screwed by the refs in the closing seconds of the SUPER BOWL that you wouldn’t complain?”

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    To answer your question: NO. Complaining now, after the fact, just makes him look like a whiny chump. It will affect NOTHING but the way people view him. And the way people are viewing him is as a no class, whiny, bad sport who doesn’t know how to take a loss gracefully.

  159. kognito17 says:
    Feb 7, 2013 7:14 PM
    Keep on hatin everyone… Like Jim or not, the Niners are built for repeat Super Bowl appearances while your team sucks. Looking forward to 2013~ Go Niners!

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    No, the Ravens don’t suck. They won.

    Go Ravens.

  160. To me the helmet-to-helmet intentional hit on Crabtree by Smith was absolutely indisputable in that final series of downs and the side judge was no more than ten feet away with a perfect view. If that call had been made as it should have been, that holding call play would not have taken place.

    The other thing to remember here is that the 49ers’ offense had been ripping through Baltimore’s defense (including Ray Lewis) like it wasn’t there in the second half. That is why Baltimore decided they had to resort to desperate fouls in that final series.

  161. @philcoa

    You’re right. The Niners WERE ripping through the Ravens. Until they choked with 4 shots at getting into the end zone from the 7 yard line. THAT’S why you lost, you bunch of whiny wannabes!!!

  162. @seasea3

    “But do you really think that if you were the head coach and your team was screwed by the refs in the closing seconds of the SUPER BOWL that you wouldn’t complain?”

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    To answer your question: NO. Complaining now, after the fact, just makes him look like a whiny chump. It will affect NOTHING but the way people view him. And the way people are viewing him is as a no class, whiny, bad sport who doesn’t know how to take a loss gracefully.
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    While I agree that members of society are becoming less and less responsible for their own actions (and that may be the biggest problem in America) I don’t see how that applies to Harbaugh. In fact, I’d argue it applies in reverse. That was a game-ending non-call. It was the biggest moment of the biggest game. That call gets made at any other point in the game except when it affects the game the most (when at least one team has no time to make up for an error that is not their own fault). Per one of the dirtiest players of his time (Rodney Harrison on the Dan Patrick show this week) there are more “no calls” at the end of big games because the officials are afraid. The refs believe they would be blamed more for making a call than if they don’t, and they may be right about that. Their job is not to make the popular call or be influenced by the fans, it’s to make sure neither team gets an advantage by breaking the rules. They don’t want to be held responsible for enforcing the rules in the big moments. Even though that is their job, protecting themselves is more important to them. Baltimore broke the rules, and Jim simply stated such. Fans who just want their team to win or want the most hated coach in the league to lose so badly can’t see that, but real fans of football should want the outcome of the SB to be legit. And it wasn’t. I dislike Harbaugh too, but I’m giving him a pass this time. Being an arrogant jerk doesn’t mean you’re wrong all the time, and he was clearly right in this case. Could he have taken it lying down? Sure, but he wouldn’t be a good coach if he gave up that easy on something as big as the Super Bowl. Is he a bad brother for complaining? Maybe, but he’s a hell of a coach with a hell of a gripe. And I think just about all of us would behave the same way in the same situation, even if it made us look “classless”.

  163. Steelers’ fan here… Jim, you think the refs were against you? Hey, the NFL gave you a chance to get back into the game by pulling this “Power Outage” incident and taking momentum away from the Ravens and allowing the fortywhiners to regroup.

    On top of that the refs didn’t even call the roughing the passer penalty on Joe Flacco (was hit out of bounds by your player)..

    If it wasn’t for the alleged “power failure accident” the Ravens would have blown the fortywhiners out of the stadium. The NFL would have lost viewers by the middle of the 3rd quarter due to the big blow-out. Your team had a big chance to come back and failed.

  164. why is everyone saying that bowman had PI on roddy white? he barely moved and swatted the ball away with his hands. within 5 yards, roddy ran into him. bowman was in perfect position. and the ball never touched white and bowman was behind white. so yeah when you literally grab a guy to slow down his route, thats pass interference. when you stand there and stick out your hand to swat the ball it definitly is not. forget this call though. what about the hold on the punt? what about the hold on bruce miller on the kickoff after the half? there are pictures of bruce litterally being picked up off of the ground by two players. these refs were horrible.

  165. The ratbirds should issue all the refs rings too seeing as they gift wrapped the win with all their “non calls.” The NFL is starting to look like the WWE.

  166. To add to my previous post, Jim you didn’t even use your best player on offence in 1 of the 4 plays. CK proved that he can run the ball but not once you used him in the 4 last plays. Bad play calling.

  167. To add to my previous post, Jim you didn’t even use your best player on offence in 1 of the 4 plays. CK proved that he can run the ball but not once you used him in the 4 last plays. Bad play calling.

  168. @seasea3

    Just look at the way Mike Smith handled himself compared to the way Jim Harbaugh handled himself. Night and day difference. Smith — total class. Harbaugh — total whiny classless loser.

  169. Is anyone else getting tired of these insufferable SF fans, players, and coach? They act like it’s the first time any team in the history of sports had a call/non-call not go their way.

    If they want to complain, we can just as easily say the Bears would’ve won if they had a decent O-line, Broncos would’ve won if they could play prevent D, Packers would’ve won if they had any D, Patriots would’ve won if they could cheat, Redskins would’ve won if RG had 2 legs, and the list goes on. Every team can say they could have won that game if ___. Thing is they didn’t, and they lost.

    No one cares and no one wants to hear excuses. Your team lost, the season’s done now, so get over it.

  170. I think its even worse when it happens in the playoffs, yes it happens during the year but most coaches in the nfl in a playoff game not regular season and some would do it then too but lets say playoffs. First I am not a fan to either team. my team are the bengals lol 40 years watching and a woman to boot. Now that is loyalty. anyway. 1. playoff game or Super Bowl 2. Last play to get into the zone to win 3. everyone even the other team knows it is interference. 4. they lose the game by the official not throwing the flag because….on a KEY PLAY last play of the game even for all the marbles the refs say let the players play the game. Why are the officials even out there then?? Now if you were a coach that didn’t get that obvious call on the last play for the win and you know the officials seen it and didn’t call it. I would be angry too, its a team sport. You don’t think he was fighting for his team too, the guys that worked so hard to get there and lose over that no call last call to give them first and goal. Officials chose which team he wanted to win that day. Let the players play give me a break, they did penalities before. I think the coach is going to far now. He should of mentioned Baltimore played a fantastic game which they did. on any given day any team can win. I think sf is a better team but it doesn’t matter to me so yes the coach should drop it now. It is a mute point. everyone heard what you thought about it, and hopefully now when it comes to plays they will throw the flags when it is obvious and officials don’t just let them play the game you guys were at the game, you have rules in it so it was the officials who was not playing the game. There is nothing you can do about it now coach so stop talking about it and yes he needs to stop but He is not a cry baby. He is pissed, it is not a sore loser because they didn’t win fairly that isn’t the fault of baltimore its the fault of the officials. If that wouldn’t happen and he would of lost legit wise he would not say anything and not be a sore loser

  171. I agree on a lot of things with you seasea3. I don’t like the 49ers either and I don’t like Baltimore also though so I was neutral. There was missed calls on both sides that night but to miss the last play for SF fourth down and goal we should of got the inerfernce call against baltimore. I mean everyone saw it. the whole world seen it. Even Baltimore fans and players know it. I don’t think the coach is a cry baby or a sore loser like everyone is saying but he should stop talking about it. the words is out to the officials who said they wanted to let them play ball, um why are you on the field, you wanted them to play the game part of the game is rules and that is what your for! If I was the coach I would be angry to, we will never know who really would of one when sf would have first and goal if they would of did the right thing. My team is the bengals, loyal through anything. Like I said coach isn’t a cry baby or a sore loser, if it was just a regular incompletion or a run that got stopped and he would of lost he wouldn’t be upset. Has nothing to do with that to me. a lot of people say that.

  172. I agree with the statement, but that play is not a penalty. The ball was uncatchable being thrown well out of bounds. You also should not be allowed to run straight into a d-back and put your hands all over him and then expect a holding call if he grabs back. To call holding on that play would have been to reward the 49ers for bad execution. Great non-call!

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