Originally Posted by mister_mcgoo
were you watching a different game? it matters not one iota what happened previously, that blown call negated a prime chance for the go ahead TD, whether it was on that play or on the next set of downs. Given that you agree it was a blown call, I don't see how you could view it otherwise?
Take a step back. The point is the 49ers had other chances to score and failed. Yeah, missed call but you could point to a ton of missed calls going either way.
You can't say it doesn't matter what happened before that play but it does matter. You make your own luck. The 49ers put themselves in a do or die situation and got unlucky. The whole outcome of the game was not decided by the officials. Too many hypotheticals to consider.
Let's say there's no holding there, Crabtree still has to make the catch. Then the 49ers have to stop the Ravens from marching back with enough time and timeouts. Or what if the ref calls the penalty. The 49ers still have to punch the ball in to take the lead. Maybe they succeed but they also just failed three straight times from the five. And again, they'd have to stop the Ravens who would have plenty of timeouts.
I just don't agree with throwing out everything else that happened in a game because one play was officiated incorrectly and happened to occur at the worst possible moment.