Some would say Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a bad winner. On Sunday, he came off as a bad loser.
After the Seahawks absorbed a 19-17 loss to the 49ers, Sherman blamed the loss on the officiating.
“We didn’t project it to be this way,” Sherman said, via quotes distributed by the 49ers. “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you especially on third down, we will see them again and it will be a different result.”
He reiterated that he expected a blowout for the Seahawks, and that the home team “got a few questionable calls on third down.”
Sherman also disputed the notion that the return of receiver Michael Crabtree, who missed the Week Two game between the teams due to a torn Achilles tendon, made a difference for the 49ers.
“It didn’t make a difference,” Sherman said. “It didn’t make a difference at all. . . . The penalties, that is what made the difference today.”
Regardless, the 49ers won. If there’s a rubber match in the postseason, the Seahawks most likely will host the game. And that’s what will make the difference in January.