The 49ers' decision to throw the ball during their final three offensive plays in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII was surprising considering how well the 49ers were running the ball.
"As a player, all I could think of was maybe running a different play, but that's just a player mentality," tight end Vernon Davis said, via The Associated Press. "Greg Roman, he called the shots. We gotta go with it and respect his calls. He believed in it, we believed in it, but it just didn't work."
"I'm a little surprised," safety Donte Whitner told Maiocco. "But it's coach's call. Like anything, if it works, you're a genius. If it doesn't, you messed up."
Give the Ravens' defense credit. They blitzed on nearly all the biggest plays at the end, and it worked.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh simply said that the team "had other plays called." Kaepernick puts so much stress on opposing defenses that it seemed odd not to give him a run-pass option with the field condensed inside the 5-yard line.
But San Francisco also threw the ball well all game. In the end, some credit has to go to the Ravens' defense for making plays when it mattered most.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.