The Super Bowl happened more than a month ago. But since it was one of the more memorable Super Bowls in NFL history, there’s still stuff about the game worth mentioning.
Especially when people who played in the game are still mentioning it.
Appearing on WHB in Kansas City (via SportsRadioInterviews.com), 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was asked if Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith held receiver Michael Crabtree on the critical fourth-and-goal fade route that fizzled.
“Yes, we all know it,” Smith said.
Some would say there wasn’t holding in the technical sense, and if anything Smith interfered with Crabtree once the ball was in the air. Others would say Crabtree was equally engaged in the hand fighting.
Others (like me) would say that the flags go deeper in the pockets at moments like that, that the 49ers knew this when they called the play, and that the 49ers benefited from that dynamic when linebacker NaVorro Bowman held/hit/whatever Falcons receiver Roddy White with the NFC title game on the line.
On a point of mutual interest in both San Francisco and Kansas City, Smith was asked about the trade that, in one week, will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs.
“You guys got a good player,” Smith said.
He apparently didn’t get the same talking points that someone gave to Colin Kaepernick.