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19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 4, 2013, 13:06 Creston
 
1badmf wrote on Feb 4, 2013, 12:48:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 4, 2013, 12:14:
Was an exciting game to watch - not happy about the outcome, and I think the refs really wanted Ravens to win - although there were some bad calls/no calls on the other side too. The most glaring was that hold during the safety. Wow refs.....had the niners receiver "fell" on that last play when the guys grabbed the OUTSIDE of his jersey with WHITE GLOVES with the ref 10 feet away, it would have been called....pretty bad no call...

there's nothing that could've been done about that. the refs most certainly saw it, but they never blow a play dead when a penalty is called after the ball is snapped. the result would've been a safety anyway - any offensive penalty committed in their own endzone is a safety. so the result would've been the same even if they did flag it. the coaches almost certainly told them to hold like their lives depended on it.

really it's just an obscure little loophole the ravens were able to exploit. the egregious holding probably let the kicker run an extra couple of seconds off, which probably means the 9ers at least get a hail mary out of it, and with kaepernick's arm you never know what happens.

Yeah, it would have been a safety any way, but it would have given them a few extra seconds. (and again, it was a brilliant call by BAL Harbaugh. The first time I saw a coach take an intentional safety was Belichick, but he just snapped the ball straight out of the endzone. This was a much, much better play in every aspect.)

If the NFL had a fix in, it sure as hell wouldn't have been for the Ravens, who are a pretty much loathed franchise everywhere outside of Bawlmer, whereas the 49'ers are loved just about unanimously.

The big thing that cost SF the game was their two blown timeouts, both of which can be directly attributed to Kaepernick. With those two timeouts left, they have a minute and a half to score at the end of the game. Oh well, he's young, he'll get better at it. At least SF has a good QB again. After watching them fuck around with Alex Smith for 7 years, I thought they were doomed to shitty QBs forever.

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