Smith -- as you might imagine -- believes his coverage was clean. Smith was a call-in guest on ESPN Radio in Denver on Friday, where he explained his version of events.
"He likes to run into you and then push you off," Smith said of Crabtree, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. (He's) a big, strong, physical receiver, so I'm your DB, I'm kind of taught to not let that happen. ...And that's the kind of way the game was played that day so the refs just let it play out that way."
Smith was asked if he got away with a hold.
"No. ... If you look at the play closely, you see him kind of push off of my helmet immediately," he said. "So as a DB, what do you do? ... If he's pushing off you gotta make sure you got some type of grip so he doesn't push off of you. If I never touch him at all and he catches the ball, then it'd be San Francisco winning and why didn't Jimmy make that play? So I'm happy with the way it turned out."
We still think the game officials were right in not making a call, but it's clear a case can be made either way. Smith is a prime example of the thin line between hero and goat in a game of this magnitude.