Originally posted by rk1642:
We were the better team and should never have been in the position for the refs to make a difference.
I think its fine for us fans to complain and whine a bit but I'd really rather have Jim suck it up and act the part. He needs to set the tone that our play and coaching was subpar and the other team deserved it on that day but that we will learn and use it to get better and win it next year. No need to get into any of the ref stuff, it just makes him and us look weak! And now instead of the hard nosed and tough 49ers we are be labeled a bunch of fakes and sore losers.
The issue I have with your position here is that because of the horrid officiating in the SB, we don't really know which is the better team that day because the rules of the game weren't properly enforced....thus, the integrity of the game is certainly in question.
Frankly, I don't give a damn what others think about complaining about the officials...especially when they have a direct effect on the outcome of the game. Even if it were another team in the SB and they lost because of poor calls, I would be upset with the NFL...because important games are lost by this BS all the time...and I'm tired of it. Look at the Tuck Rule play for example... Cost a team a chance at a championship.
Put a ref in the booth who can call penalties and overrule bad calls and that would go a long way in alleviating this problem. It is just disgraceful that a championship game should be decided by a bunch of incompetents, especially since the NFL has the resources to fix the problem.
Final point. The refs essentially gave the Ravens a gift TD on the kickoff return. The Niners lost the game by 3 points. You do the math.