2 Big No Calls in the Super Bowl That Jim Harbaugh and the Niners Don’t Whine About

By Richard Barnstein

The Ravens are Super Bowl Champs!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT! GO RAVENS!!!! WE LOVE OUR TEAM!!!! They earned and deserved it!

In defending our team, I thought it’d be a good idea to give something to think about when anyone hears Jim Harbaugh and the Niners whine about what THEY thought was a bad no call. Forget about the fact that Crabtree initiated just as much contact as Jimmy Smith, and also pushed Jimmy Smith’s head down when lunging for a ball that was likely uncatchable. (Even Super Bowl commentator Phil Simms, who picked/rooted for the Niners to win it, and LOVES Kaepernick, thought that it was a good no call.) Forget about how the Niners decided to throw the ball 4 times on a late 4th quarter potential game winning goal line stand, when they had the top running attack in the NFL. Forget about how the Niners, for the 3rd straight playoff game, started out flat and fell behind early by at least 17 points, where that usually catches up with EVERY team, no matter how good they are at comebacks. Forget about the Niners going 2 for 6 in the Red Zone. We’re all sure that these points had nothing to do with them losing!

1. The Niner’s Chris Culliver’s No Call Illegal Contact on Torrey Smith in the 1st Quarter: With 17 seconds left in the 1st quarter, the Ravens were up 7-3 and driving with a 2nd and 13 from the Niners 37 yard line. Flacco lofted a perfectly thrown 40 yard TD pass to WR Torrey Smith, that could have put the Ravens up then 14-3. The problem was that the Niner’s CB Chris Culliver bumped Smith at the 22 yard line,(15 yards past line of scrimmage) where Smith couldn’t catch up to it. This was obvious, indisputable illegal contact that would have given the Ravens an automatic 1st down, putting them in, at the very least, field goal range on the 32 yard line. Both commentators agreed that this was illegal contact. Instead, Flacco was sacked on the next play, and the Ravens had to punt. This was a MAJOR no call against the Ravens in the 1st half. We’d like to hear brother Jim’s take on this no call play…..NOT!!! GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!

2. The Niner’s Isaac Sopoaga No Call/ Personal Foul/ Unnecessary Roughness/ Late Hit on Flacco Out of Bounds With 13:05 Left in the 4th Quarter: Here the Ravens were on the 1 yard line, up 28-23. On a 3rd and goal from the 1 yard line, Flacco snapped the ball, and scampered to his right, where he was chased out of bounds by the Niner’s Sopoaga. After Flacco was completely out of bounds on a pass attempt, Sopoaga delivered a hard hit on Flacco that could have easily been called for unnecessary roughness, which would have given the Ravens a 1st and goal from the 1. Instead, they settled for a field goal, putting the Ravens up 31-23 instead of 4 more chances to make it a 35-23 lead. Someone in the media needs to ask brother Jim what he thought of this play. How do you think brother Jim would have acted if this were against Kaepernick? I have a feeling brother Jim is going to also leave this one off of his cherry picking whiney no call list! (He doesn’t want to risk losing any pleated khaki pants endorsements!) That’s okay with Ravens fans though, because WE ARE THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!!!!!

(Harbaugh Photo Courtesy of SI.com)


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Dr. Richard Barnstein is an avid sports (Ravens, Terps, and still Orioles) and live music fan. He's also an optometrist in private practice in the Baltimore area at Professional Vision , Dr. Richard Barnstein on Twitter , Dr Richard Barnstein's Eye Information Blog
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