I did not like the work of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on TV. Remember, I don’t usually hear these guys because I’m in the press box. They consistently did not give down and distance and they NEVER told us the yard line. Simple stuff. Basic stuff. God knows what they were babbling about. Very bad. But, and this is a big one, at the very end, Simms brought up the possibility of the Ravens intentionally going for a safety. It was a brilliant insight and it set up the ending of the game. Good for Simms. ┬áBrad Seely, the Niners special teams coach and assistant head coach, seemed clueless about the possibility of the safety. Why? The Ravens punter danced around the end zone like a guy doing the mambo, and none of the Niners blasted him and ended the play. They went into a trance. That lapse essentially ended the game. It was another example of bad 49ers coaching, of being a step behind.

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  1. Jumbo Shrimp

    Again like you weren’t watching the Ravens bear hugging all the Niners which is called HOLDING another penalty but you don’t believe in penalties unless they’re called against the Niners

    February 4th, 2013 2:04 am

  2. Johnc

    LOL..I totally agree… he had time for a cup of coffee back there and Niners were clueless. Yes coaching lost this game and it was glaring at the end.

    February 4th, 2013 2:05 am

  3. Ralph Bedwell

    Look back at the replay of that safety, Lowell. The Ravens are holding — intentionally, openly, and effectively — and for some reason it was not called. This is not sour grapes; rather, just an oddity that puzzles me. I don’t think it would have changed the outcome of the game, because it still would have been a safety with four seconds left. Smart on the Ravens part to do that.

    February 4th, 2013 5:40 am

  4. SJGMoney

    Lowell, you need to watch the game again (and listen). NANTZ brought it up, Simms discussed it and said he wouldn’t do it. Niners had no chance on the play, I’m sure they thought of it but the Ravens strategy was to tackle/hold/maim anyone rushing the punter. Watch the replay and see Dixon get a full nelson from behind. Watch Spillman get perfectly form tackled. It was great strategy by the Ravens because who cares about a holding penalty on that, the penalty is…….a safety. Which is what they gave them anyway. What they wanted was a safety AND to burn 10 secs. All the holding/tackling/maiming allowed that.

    February 4th, 2013 7:30 am

  5. gary

    the last two minutes of the game were brutal:
    wasted time out.
    not getting in a play for CK’s strength—runing possiblity
    two passes that if completed, did not get TD’s
    even i knew the safety was coming (pre-Simms).

    February 4th, 2013 7:57 am

  6. Brodie2Washington

    The 49ers tried. Dixon was literally tackled on his way to the Ravens punter, costing us 4 seconds of clock. A perfect form tackle by the Ravens blocker. A far more obvious no-call then the Crabtree fade pass attempt.

    Seely has a great (and likely deserved) reputation, but special teams failures cost the 49ers dearly for the second season in a row.

    February 4th, 2013 8:55 am

  7. Neal

    They were all being held for ransom, could not believe all of the holding and wrestling moves

    February 4th, 2013 10:33 am

  8. Slamd

    Gotta response Lowell?

    February 4th, 2013 11:32 am

  9. CohnZohn

    Slamb, To what?

    February 4th, 2013 11:37 am

  10. Greg

    People need to quit whinning about the officiating. There is no way the officials are going to decide the Super Bowl on a penalty if they can help it. It was the coaching that cost us this game. End of discussion!

    February 4th, 2013 1:35 pm

  11. Slamd

    To the fact that people actually watched the game Lowell and they were held at every turn on the safety and not just the safety, but on the Jones TD return; Miller was tackled as he was bearing down on Jones.

    February 4th, 2013 1:55 pm

  12. chc

    Simms was not good throughout. Also agree with SJGMoney, Nantz brought up the safety possibility and Simms said he wouldn’t do it.

    February 4th, 2013 2:49 pm

  13. hurricane225

    A response to all of the posters saying there was massive amounts of holding going on during the play that resulted in a safety. I don’t think it made much difference in the outcome since we only would have had a few more seconds if the safety occurred sooner, but on that play the holding was copious and blatant. I am not complaining about the officiating, but you, Lowell, questioned the coaching, and to me the coaching was not the problem on this play, it was the holding.

    I agree that Harbaugh’s complaint about the hold on the pass to Crabtree was overdone. You are unlikely to get a call at that point in the game, so you have to have a play that can score anyway despite or because the officials keeping their flags in the pockets.

    February 4th, 2013 4:45 pm

  14. Brodie2Washington


    A holding call would have forced the Ravens to do the safety punt 10 yards back. (I’m not sure about the rules, but it might have put 4-5 seconds back on the clock.)

    The no-call cost the 49ers a shot at a 35-40 yard pass to the endzone after Ginn’s punt return, or the possibility of a long field goal.

    Even if they did not get the 5 seconds back, 10 extra yards would have allowed the 49ers to have Ginn down the ball instead of trying a runback, giving the 49ers a hail Mary shot of about 50 yards. A 2% chance of succeeding but its still a chance.

    February 5th, 2013 9:46 am

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