No, the niners didn’t win. I thought they would make enough adjustments to overcome the halftime deficit, and they nearly did.
Look, I’ve hated the niners for a long time. Actually the niners aren’t the terrible part anymore. It’s their suddenly resurgent “fan base”, made up of the phoniest, fakest fans north of Los Angeles. I’ve seen a whole bunch of niners fans wearing brand-new stuff. If there’s anything we can’t stand at BSP HQ, its band wagoners.
But if there’s anything we dig at BSP HQ, it’s an NFL team that plays a tough, physical old tyme brand of football. Lets call it Harbaugh-Brand football, because both of the Harbaughs coach it. Do you want me to cite a little sample of Harbaugh-brand football? When Haloti Ngata blew through the niners line and crushed Kaepernick on a penalized cheap shot. The niners marked that dude for sure. Somehow, Ngata ended out for the game with a sprained knee. Can’t prove the events are connected. No one would admit it. That’s policing the game within the game, and we are absolutely on board with that.
But some niners don’t play Harbaugh-Brand football.
After falling behind, the niners were attempting to take the lead. On a fourth down, Kaepernick attempted a fade to Mike Crabtree. On a hold/pass interference non-call, Crabtree couldn’t get loose to make a play. Mike Crabtree isn’t part of the rough, physical niners. He’s a prima-donna, waving for flags. On the biggest play of a Super Bowl, you cannot rely on flags. The officials are going to let players play.
After the game, Coach Jim Harbaugh blamed the non-holding call for the loss. But I suspect he knows Crabtree is a bit soft. That’s a play you have to make no matter what. You have to fight for that ball. I suspect Coach Harbaugh knows if Randy Moss or Vernon Davis were on the other end of that ball, the niners probably win that game.
Did you see Anquan Buldin playing Harbaugh-Brand football on that third and 1?