The Ravens may have had the game in hand up 28-6 as a result of 108-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones, but once the lights went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome due to a power outage lasting 34 minutes, the 49ers started to turn things around by scoring 17 unanswered points cutting the deficit to five points.
Once San Francisco started to get going in the second half, the Ravens were in danger of losing their grip on a Super Bowl title. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was able to start moving the ball downfield and a mix of run and pass, but in the end if wasn’t good enough with the Ravens ultimately coming out on top, 34-31.
Even though the Ravens were clearly the better all-around team on Super Bowl Sunday, the team still had a few controversial calls go their way. Perhaps the most controversial was a no-call in the end zone with wide receiver Michael Crabtree reaching for a pass from Kaepernick that would’ve given the team the lead, but rather than receiving a passing interference call, the 49ers were unable to score and turned the ball over basically handing the Ravens the victory.
Crabtree was asked about the controversial play and whether or not he felt he was held in the end zone via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com:
“It is what it is, man,” Crabtree said. “It was the last play, and I’m not going to blame the refs. It is what it is. It came down to the last play and it didn’t happen.
“(If) somebody grabs me, you always expect the call, but you can’t whine to the referee.”
Whether or not the controversial play truly deserved a flag is debatable. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has been adamant about the blown call by the refs, but Crabtree appears to be taking a different approach and refuses to blame the refs for the no-call that may have completely turned things around and led to the 49ers winning the Super Bowl.