Originally posted by Bluesbro:
Please stop it ... the 49ers were lucky to be in that game. I put the stats in another thread and I don't have them handy, but NO won the stat battle handily. And they fumbled a near pick 6 out of the back of the end zone. And if there was a play that cost them near the end, if was Gore dropping the pass.
but big time players on SB bound teams can find a way to make huge plays that can negate a bad game. i've seen that happen many times, and i saw it happen in that game. the 9ers were having a down game, just hanging in there. then a huge play was made by a big time player, the rest is infamous history. i dont see how the fact that the 9ers having a "bad game" (even though they were winning at the time) makes that call any less egregious. it took a highlight-reel, memorable moment, and totally nullified it. i dont know how you can look back on the rest of the game and go: "oh well, they werent playing that good, so this unforgettable play that would have totally changed the game and the season, and that would have lived forever in history as an awesome play, is now a victim of bad rules and arbitrary enforcement, and i'm totally ok with that".
although i will say this: if the 9ers manage to pull this thing off, maybe that play will live forever. they havent lost since....