The 49ers had the ball six yards out of the end zone under with touchdown to them the lead with under three minutes left in the game. And as we all know by now, they swung an missed four straight times, giving the ball back to the Ravens, who hung on for the win. Sorry if that was like pouring salt into now-healing wounds for you, Niners fans.
The Niners were only able to get one yard in those four place. The play calling: run, pass, pass, pass. And Jim Harbaugh hates all of them. Per the Merc:
“We came up 5 yards short. Certainly, knowing how it ended up, how it finished when we didn’t get the ball in, yeah, we would have liked to try different play call, a different scenario,” the coach said.
“That’s the way I always feel. When you do something that doesn’t work, you would have liked to have done something different — at least tried it. But you can’t.”
The last play was an incomplete fade pass intended for Michael Crabtree on 4th and goal from the 5. That play of course was the subject of much controversy, with many 49ers and fans (misguidedly) believing Crabtree should have drawn a penalty after being held by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. Colin Kaepernick said the route was an adjustment at the line of scrimmage:
“I audibled to a fade to Crab,” Kaepernick said. “I’ll take Crabtree one-on-one with anybody.”