Originally posted by andrewglass25:
The ball was in the air when bowman was still tackling roddy white, thats not really questionable though. Look a the replay of the crabtree play. Look at jimmy smith reaction to hitting the ground, He's begging for a call. He was pushed. Thats not really questionable either though. I'll leave you with a quote from torrey smith...
"I got grabbed and held all night and almost nothing got called. That's how it went. They just let us play. And that's what they did to the end"
On flacco's roll out from 3rd and goal on the 2 he was very clearly hit a good yard and half out of bounds by the 49ers lineman... they even showed a replay and pointed it out during the game.. That would of been first and goal from the 1 with a chance to seal it. They let the players play the game. It was a over all well called game. They let alot of things go but it was on both sides. If crabtree is called or smith is called or whatever it's not for sure they get a TD. If they do the ravens have plenty of time and a hot QB moving easily on that D and only in need of a FG. This game was called the same both ways.
I don't think that's a true statement. I think it was a good call when they called PI on Culliver to extend a drive. I think the contact was very similar, but the ref swallowed his whistle because of game situation. That's not the way the game should be decided.
I think people are too quick to ultimately say "they called it both ways/we should ultimately point to our short comings as reasons why we lost" and move on. I think the coaches need to do that in their evaluation. However, as a fan watching, I would want it to be decided justly on the field. If we lost because the Ravens played the full 60 minutes better and got the bounces of the ball, or we made mental errors and mistakes, so be it.
By not throwing the flag there and on the kickoff return, the refs are deciding the outcome. They're a part of the story, unfortunately.