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Jim Harbaugh: Baltimore Ravens held on fourth down


NEW ORLEANS -- Jim Harbaugh couldn't help but talk about the non-call on his San Francisco 49ers' final, failed offensive play Sunday night. It probably will go down as the most famous non-call in NFL history, talked about for years by angry 49ers fans.

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"No question in my mind there was a pass interference and a hold on Michael Crabtree on that last one," Harbaugh said after the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.

Harbaugh also said he believed the pass-interference call on cornerback Chris Culliver in the fourth quarter, which extended a Ravens scoring drive, was not a penalty. Harbaugh, who skipped the postgame interview with CBS, brought up the officiating multiple times during his answers without being prompted.

I agree Harbaugh has a point on the Crabtree non-call. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith grabbed Crabtree on the play. It would be tough for a side judge to pull out a flag in that situation, knowing the call essentially would decide the Super Bowl champion. But it sure looked like a penalty.

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