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Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers’ season-ender in Seattle. The full text appears below:

SEATTLE – Colin Kaepernick deserves praise. Really, he does. He lost the game to the Seahawks 23-17, well not all by himself. But if you were assigning blame, you’d call him the goat.

Sure, he deserves some praise. The only reason the 49ers were in the game, the only reason they were close enough to break your heart, is because of Kaepernick. Go figure him out.

He is so complicated. He defies all normal coaching parameters. One moment you are cursing him and in your next breath you are worshipping him for his improvisational skills and his unreal ability to play outside the boundaries of conventional quarterback play.

What a talent.

What a heartbreaker.

He is virtually the entire 49ers’ offense, ran for 130 yards.

Relevant questions: Where is the 49ers’ offense? What we saw, is that what it amounts to?

Back to Kaepernick – Good Colin. In the second quarter, he set up a touchdown with a 58-yard run, ran through a bunch of Seahawks, bouncing around like a pinball. Untouchable.

But he lost the game with bad play at the end – three turnovers in the second half. Good grief. Before we talk about the turnovers, let’s walk into the postgame 49ers’ locker room, into that room of ghosts. Let’s get the feel.

Kaepernick wandered out of the shower. Looking dazed. He wore a green towel around his waist. No journalist went near him. Niners’ public relations said he would talk in the interview room, and people left him alone knowing he would speak presently. Left him alone out of politeness.

They also left him alone the way you leave a grieving relative at a funeral. It was hard to find the words. You didn’t want to intrude on his sad moment.

The receivers’ lockers were near Kaepernick’s. Anquan Boldin sat on his stool facing the depth of cubicle. Looking at nothing. Next to him, Michael Crabtree looked into his locker, staring at the void – the void of a season that had ended.

Crabtree whispered something to Boldin. Boldin is like an older brother to him, and you assumed – got the feeling – Crabtree was looking for solace, for a way to understand what happened. To handle it.

Nearby, Kaepernick slipped out of his towel and got dressed. Now, he sat on his stool and put on his shoes – sneakers. He said nothing. He stared at nothing. Maybe he thought about the second half. He needed to think about the second half, how he played under the game stress that defines and ruins quarterbacks.

While he dressed, Boldin started to leave the room. But he stopped and let a media group gather around him, hands holding microphones aimed at his mouth.

How did Kaepernick play? That’s what everyone wanted to know.

“He played a great game,” Boldin said, “made plays outside the pocket with his legs. Made some great throws. Played a heck of a game.”

As you know, that was only half the story. It was a teammate protecting a teammate. We are not teammates, so, we ask hard questions.

Colin, Can you be a quarterback when the world is going nuts and everything depends on you? Can you do it, Colin?

We know Kaepernick can run. And we know he can throw — some of the time. But the 49ers had the Seahawks and their crummy, stone-age offense dead. The Niners were up 17-10 and they looked in really good shape. The Niners had shut up that annoying 12th Man everyone up here raves about. They had shut up Seattle.

And then Bad Colin took over. He couldn’t move the ball. The Seahawks took a 20-17 lead. The Niners got the ball back.

Colin, can you be a quarterback?

Kaepernick got called for delay of game. He’s still getting called for delay of game in the playoffs? Seriously? And please don’t blame the crowd noise. Live with it. On the next play, Kaepernick got stripped of the ball. Turnover. Bad Colin.

The Seahawks got the ball, didn’t score. There was time. The Niners were down three. Kaepernick threw a pick. Right to safety Kam Chancellor. Kaepernick was throwing to Boldin. He said he saw Chancellor and thought he could get the ball over him.

Right.

The pass went directly to Chancellor – piece of cake. Boldin was standing behind Chancellor, a spectator. Bad pass. Bad idea. Bad Colin.

Colin, can you be a quarterback? Can you be a quarterback when it counts?

The Seahawks converted a field goal, went up 23-17 – it would be the final score.

And now came the crucial moment. The 49ers’ moment. They would do what they always do – drive down the field with time running out and they would win at the very end like they always do and break the opponent’s throbbing heart. A 49ers’ special.

Kaepernick was doing his job on that drive, playing great – 17-yard pass to Frank Gore, 16-yard pass to Crabtree, 11-yard pass to Vernon Davis. Just moving. Taking over the game. Doing his thing.

Now, the 49ers were at the Seahawks’ 18. With time. With the future in their grasp. So close. Kaepernick lofted a pass to Crabtree in the back right part of the end zone. The pass would tie the game and the extra point would win it.

Richard Sherman was defending Crabtree on the play. This is what Sherman said about Crabtree afterward. Crabtree is a “mediocre” receiver, wouldn’t break into the top-20 receivers in the league. Sherman said Crabtree mouthed off to him and, “He knows what he said. He knows I’m going to be tough on him the rest of his career.”

So, Sherman was guarding Crabtree, guarding him with a grudge, planning to be tough on him for his entire life. A life sentence.

Kaepernick didn’t care about Sherman and his grudge. “I had a one-on-one matchup there with Crab,” Kaepernick said. “I’ll take it every time. When I saw the matchup, I thought we were going to win on that play.”

He threw the pass even though he had two other receivers on the field. He never looked at them, still didn’t know after the game if they were open. Said he’d look at the film. Burn the film.

He took the snap. He threw the fateful pass with conviction. It was the same pass play that failed repeatedly at the end of the last Super Bowl. You thought the 49ers would have learned something from that, and that includes Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Find another play, guys.

But they used that play. The ball flew toward the end zone and Sherman, the best cornerback in the business, tipped it. Great defensive play. The ball deflected toward linebacker Malcolm Smith who caught it, cradled it, embraced it.

Game over.

Three Kaepernick turnovers at the end.

Can you be a quarterback, Colin?

And there was Kaepernick in the interview room. His mouth pinched. His eyes dead. He said he thought he was going to win. Never had a doubt. He spoke in short sentences, verbal fragments, really – his world fragmented. He blamed himself for the turnovers. “When you turn the ball over, you don’t give your team a chance to score.”

He was correct, of course.

Next time, Colin, can you be a better quarterback?

For more on the world of sports in general and the Bay Area in particular, go to the Cohn Zohn at cohn.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. You can reach Staff Columnist Lowell Cohn at lowell.cohn@pressdemocrat.com.


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31 Comments

  1. Johnc

    As usual the game was kept close by the Forty Niner defense. The offense, however, was a seriously confused mess.

    January 20th, 2014 12:18 am

  2. htwaits

    Best wishes for the off season, and for the 2014 season. You’ve brought this one to an end on some very high notes.

    P.S. I sure hope he will.

    January 20th, 2014 12:47 am

  3. Hoosgow

    The Niners need are an amateur bunch operating on pure talent. They need to get a clue. The head coach, offensive coordinator & quarterback need to wake up! Until they do, there’s no sense following this team.

    January 20th, 2014 1:03 am

  4. dan

    There are many things I don’t know about what makes a good football team, but I’ve found it difficult to believe in the sf 49ers the last few years.

    January 20th, 2014 1:18 am

  5. PhD

    Why call a play against your opponent’s best defender on the field at the most crucial time in the game, when there are so many other options? I guess we know why Greg Roman is still not a head coach.

    January 20th, 2014 2:54 am

  6. lameduck

    Thank you 49ers and Seahawks for a great game!

    Thank you officials for the work done.

    Thank you sportswriters for your insights.

    Since we’re in a drought, can we start baseball season earlier?

    January 20th, 2014 6:28 am

  7. Nancy R

    Kaep is a long legged kangaroo loping and leaping around the Serengetti, dodging lions and leopards. Kaep is a galloping gazelle. An African bush quarterback – intuitive, running with the herd, dodging predators, following his instincts.

    He thought he would win. All these TV commercials.I didn’t see the Seattle qback in commercials. It is good that Kaep is confident. But maybe the missing ingredient is humility.

    Having the humility to try something different; like looking for alternative open receivers.

    Where were Gore and Davis? It seems they hardly did anything.

    The final pass could just as easily have gone to the Niners. But they can’t keep leaving it to the last play.

    Somehow I just think this year it was meant to be The Seahawks and the Broncos. Fatalistic or just the wisdom of the universe. Just like after Katrina it was the Saints.

    January 20th, 2014 7:04 am

  8. Nancy R

    I meant to say a long legged giraffe…not kangaroo!

    January 20th, 2014 7:05 am

  9. Nancy R

    If you added up the ages of all the players on each team as well as their weights I think Seattle would come up with the lower number. I felt that played a part in the nimbleness and energy exhibited by the two teams. Seattle seemed fresher in the second half than the Niners.

    January 20th, 2014 7:38 am

  10. Steve the cat rescuer

    Thoughts and opinions:

    1) If these are the hand-picked best officials in the league, the NFL’s most pressing issue is upgrading them. Undoubtedly the worst year of officiating in any sport in any year, completely exposed in the playoffs.

    2) Greg Roman has to go. How many times can a QB rollout to the left be called without the defense figuring it out? Red Zone inefficiency can now be definitively traced to the play calling, not Alex Smith. End of game déjà vu.

    3) Pete Carroll out coached Jim Harbaugh.

    4) Do the officials err on the side of penalizing the 49ers because of Harbaugh’s endless sideline histrionics?

    5) Regardless of his record in “big” games, Peyton Manning is an absolute genius at QB. With two weeks to prepare, I expect Manning to dismantle Seattle’s vaunted defense unless the weather conditions are abominable.

    6) Win or lose, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are class acts.

    7) Very soon Colin Kaepernick’s athletic talents will not supplant the necessity of learning how to play quarterback, otherwise he will never come close to achieving the greatness most are predicting for him.

    8) With all their draft picks and inside knowledge, why have the 49ers passed on so many outstanding Stanford players at the time they could have picked them?

    January 20th, 2014 8:11 am

  11. Dr. Feelgood

    Does Kap have to play defense as well?
    From my view, the “Chancellor pass” was inexcusable, but the pass to Crabtree- it was 6 inches underthrown. 6 inches. The difference between defeat and Super Bowl.
    The Hawks are tough, but if the Niner offense is going to continue to rely on Kap for EVERYTHING, they are in serious trouble. Seattle’s O might be stone-age, but it is better than the Niners (M Lynch is incomparable), and their defense is also better, primarily due to their far superior D-Backs.
    This was likely the Niners last chance for a title with this core group. Seattle is young and improving, the Niners….

    January 20th, 2014 8:15 am

  12. Dennis

    I am not sure what game you were watching, but in the game I watched the 49ers would be nowhere without Kaepernick at quarterback. The interception you are blaming Kaepernick for was not intercepted by Sherman but was merely tipped by him, luckily for the Seahawks, into the hands of another defender. I completely disagree that was Kaepernick’s fault or it was the wrong place to go with the ball. Luck happens, both good and bad throughout the game. That play was bad luck at the wrong time.

    In case you missed it yesterday, Tom Brady, one of the great quarterbacks in the game today by everyone’s opinion, lost his game as well. They lost because Tom couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn yesterday. And they lost to a defense no one would confuse with Seattle’s. I think you should go easy on Kaepernick because what I saw was a great quarterback who can single handily change games.

    Finally, everyone says the 49er defense kept them in it. In the game I saw, the front 7 was incredible, but it was the secondary that lost that game – Carlos Rogers in particular. Too me, the defense giving up a 34 yard touchdown on 4th and 7 is a lot worse than the quarterback throwing a tipped interception.

    January 20th, 2014 8:59 am

  13. Streetglide

    I don’t think we will see the Niners at the top for at least three years, maybe more, a lot more. Too many moving pieces need to be fixed starting with the OL. PW will be gone and so will AB.The high-price talent that got us to the Super Bowl last year will be out the door.

    Colin has many of the same traits as Steve Deberg, there I said it. I also think Jim Harbaugh will be gone too — maybe in two years. His style is too abrasive and I think it wears the players down.

    January 20th, 2014 9:06 am

  14. Jay

    Defense

    Brains on Defense A
    Talent on defense A-(hole, except need one excellent cover guy just for games like this)

    Offense

    Talent on offense A when everyone’s healthy.
    Brains on offense average to B-.
    Really good on homework assignments (A),
    but fail miserably when it really counted on final quiz (D).

    (recalling Eric Wright on knbr critique with 13 seconds on the play clock after breaking huddle, why they get penalized
    because of no sense of urgency lining up. (Isn’t that a coaching problem?). this was on 3rd and 1, became 3rd and 6. and then turnover…

    Cohn – A 10 because i keep coming back here for insightful critique. Really a fan after all, you can’t hide it.

    Season overall A-.

    January 20th, 2014 9:10 am

  15. Stan

    All true. BUT,lets add that the refs see Harbaugh as the “New Al Davis and the Raiders”..like some hated hippy band from San Francisco. Far too many calls were bad,too close or CHANGED the pace..knocking the 49ers from a roll..to a grind. Just as you said ..the niners had Seattle down, and Seattle would get a free 1st on some bad call on tackling (clearly shoulder to shoulder with Hitner,but don’t call me Adolph)that you could tell had “NFL” bias on it. It kept key drives for Seattle alive that were just about dead.
    The refs kept the niners to a grind as much as the niners play calling.
    Except that last horrid Roman call. THAT will live in infamy. —–Again!

    January 20th, 2014 10:05 am

  16. Nancy R

    It seems a little unfair to pin everything on Kaepernick. Others didn’t perform and it takes a team…

    January 20th, 2014 10:06 am

  17. MRO

    Amusing hearing/reading all the postgame coverage. Pretty evident that Richard Sherman is now Public Enemy #1 around here but it’s become lost in all the hoopla: Sherman is no dummie and he’s a hell of a CB. Dummies may get into Cal, but not Stanford (regardless of your athletic prowess). His play in the endzone was fantastic. Picture perfect technique.

    Marshawn Lynch in his postgame comments confirmed something that I knew all along. It is indeed personal for him. He’s from Oakland and the 49ers are from SF. Do not underestimate what sort of motivation that provides him. In fact motivation is HUGE in sports, at all levels. For whatever reason Sherman has a hangup w/ Harbaugh. Lynch is an Oakland guy w/ a chip on his shoulder (and it’s a boulder when he plays against SF). It’s no wonder these two guys came up large yesterday.

    SEA > DEN.

    January 20th, 2014 10:38 am

  18. Neal

    The ball was underthrown to Crabtree, if it was over his shoulder and in the deep part of the end zone. Game Over.

    January 20th, 2014 11:34 am

  19. loneraider78

    People just need to give credit when it’s due.

    Russell Wilson’s throw on fourth and seven was spot-on perfect. Per-fect. Rogers couldn’t have covered Kearse any better. Some throws are just indefensible.

    Richard Sherman–love him or hate him–was all over Crabtree and that pass should never have been thrown. Some call it luck, I call it shut down.

    There is merit to the argument that Kaepernick was forced to do a lot by himself. His RBs contributed 31 yards combined.

    Lynch went beastmode again. That is on the front seven, not the secondary.

    The Seahawks played a better all-around game then the 49ers. Plain and simple. Blame goes on everyone and noone should be coddled here.

    January 20th, 2014 12:19 pm

  20. dharte

    Lowell,

    That was brutal to watch, worse than the collapse in ’90, which is saying something.

    And it wasn’t just “one bad play” that cost the 49ers the game: Kaepernick made three key mistakes in the 4th quarter alone; worse, he made exactly the same mistake on the last int as last year in losing the Super Bowl.

    Such mule-headedness is so like his coach, no?

    Dennis & Co. are right here to point out the kid’s physical gifts. For much of the game he was the best player on the field, and he is clearly the best athlete the 49ers have on offense. But quarterback is not simply an athletic position, not simply physical, and Kaepernick’s lack of vision, his inability to read progressions, and his clear lack of poise under maximum pressure are terrible flaws at this level. He is not a championship quarterback, he’ll be 27 next season, and I find it hard to believe that he can “develop” such poise under pressure (Walsh’s favorite phrase) at that age next season. We’ll see.

    I know you are a great admirer of Walsh. Fascinating to think how he (or Montana for that matter) might judge Kaepernick. I suspect the first comment would include the word poise.

    Still, what interests me even more is the question of Harbaugh’s poise and calm under pressure. In the last three years he’s sent his back-up punt returner out twice in a rainstorm to fumble away the NFC title to the Giants, then he had a 1st & goal on the 5 for the Super Bowl trophy and ran the same play four times to the same receiver (and even when he had a bootleg set up nicely on 3rd down, couldn’t get the play off on time!), and now the exact same pass route to the same receiver against the best cb in football….

    The anti-Walsh & Montana?

    For those of you who think that judgement unfair, Bill Walsh and Joe Montana were Super Bowl winners in the same time-frame that Harbaugh & Kaepernick just botched.

    The contrast is brutal. Yet for me, the most obvious fact is that Harbaugh’s tough guy act is wearing thin quickly.

    I just feel bad for Bowman (what a awful play all around), and Justin Smith, Frank Gore (absolutely no holes opened for the guy all day) and Ray McDonald. They deserved much better.

    January 20th, 2014 12:42 pm

  21. C. Nova

    Not getting to the Super Bowl hurts…a few plays go differently and the 49ers win. But key mistakes cost them the game. I thought all along that this game would go down to the wire and could go either way (I know it had nothing to do with the outcome, but when Lowell, Grant and Glenn Dickey in the Examiner all picked the Niners, it felt like a bad sign). Sadly, it did and the Niners came up short.

    But rather than mourn what was lost today, I wanted to say what a pleasure it has been to follow the 49ers since this coaching staff took over. Pulling for a team that has made the final 4 three years in row has been such a nice change after years of bad teams. My thanks to the 49ers for a season of thrills. Already looking forward to next season. Go Niners!

    January 20th, 2014 1:33 pm

  22. Stan

    Another thought..most of the refs are from the mid west,east and south. I don’t think they like a franchise from evil San Francisco having 6,7,8 Super Bowl rings when next best has 3-4.
    I didn’t see those kind of bad calls when Harbaugh was at Stanford- not at all. They weren’t there his first year in SF. But,the last two years..I SEE IT. Amazingly Raider like phantom calls, and even blind to a replay, fumble.
    Think of all that.

    January 20th, 2014 3:09 pm

  23. k.g.

    @Nancy, I agree with your comment. I have been a fan of the 49ers since the early 70′s. And I can say that is when NFL Football was at its purest. What we see now is hype, bravado, & bragging. Humility is what’s missing.

    Kaep is the face of the franchise, and last night even Deion Sanders asked, “what is he wearing, doesn’t he know that he is the face of the franchise?”

    But then I see the HC, dressed very casually too, so you have to say it comes from the 49er brass, & what they allow.

    January 20th, 2014 3:35 pm

  24. MRO

    Stan – you’re blaming this on the refs? If anything, the refs and the NFL (and FOX especially) WANTED SF in the SB! SF would have been a bigger draw than Seattle. The refs have nothing against the 49ers.

    SF sports fans have developed a whopping case of entitlement. Like their sports teams should win a championship every year. Please.

    They lost yesterday! Seattle beat them. Kaepernick did not play well enough to win. Sherman, despite his mouth, is a great player who made the play to propel his team to the SB. Deal with it.

    January 20th, 2014 5:14 pm

  25. dharte

    @MRO

    If you can actually argue that those officials did not impact the outcome of the game, or that this “All-Star Crew” wasn’t an embarrassment at best, then you’re from Seattle or get monthly checks from Carroll Foundation.

    The 49ers made a number of mistakes, especially in the 4th quarter. But that officiating crew was disgraceful. And to say that a key play (or three) was not “reviewable” tells you everything you need to know about this bush league.

    Billion dollar business run by schmucks like Jerry Jones who are too cheap to pay for full-time referees.

    There is simply no justification for such logic. Of course it’s been like that (replay the Redskins-49ers NFC Championship game from ’83 sometime…a travesty) for decades.

    January 20th, 2014 5:47 pm

  26. MJ

    The reason that Colin was the offense of the 49ers is because Seattle knew he wasn’t going to throw on them, so they stacked the box, defended frank, the 49ers offensive line was doing a horrible job opening holes and giving Frank any chance (on multiple plays he’d get the ball only to meet 2 Seattle defenders in his face, even Barry Sanders couldn’t run on that).

    Colin was 14-24, for 153 yards. They knew he wasn’t going to be able to pass on him and he didn’t. He had 58 yards, half of his rushing, on one run. You have to imagine that if the 49ers had a true passing qb; Rogers, Brees, Manning, Brady, Cutler, Ryan, Rivers, Stafford, etc etc, that Seattle would have given a little more respect to the pass game and the 49ers running attack would have been more prominent, last week Brees put up 300 yards. Running for yards as a qb is not a difficult thing, you get outside the pocket, the dbs are all back in coverage and you usually have to beat one man before you have yards of open field.

    This QB is very quickly turning into the next Michael Vick…big arm…very athletic…faster than most (even though Vicks speed puts Colin to shame 4.25 vs 4.53), but horribly inaccurate, not progressing as a passer and relying only on his athleticism. I don’t expect the off the field issues ‘Ron Mexico’ had, but if I were the 49ers I would look into getting a player in the draft this year. Lets remember, Colin is only making 800k, so its not as if the 49ers have a lot invested in him financially and it would behoove them to wait on extending him until after next season.

    January 20th, 2014 7:35 pm

  27. MRO

    dharte – first, I’m neither from Seattle nor an employee of the Carroll Foundation.

    Did I say NFL referees are awesome at what they do? Of course not. They make some horrendous mistakes, we all know that. BUT THE REFS DID NOT COST THE 49ers THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP!!! The QB’s turnovers, Lynch’s great run, and Sherman’s outstanding play did in San Fran. Whiney 49ers fans who think the refs are out to screw their team need to get a grip. SF is actually a model NFL franchise with a national reach. Nobody is out to hose them.

    They lost.

    January 20th, 2014 7:42 pm

  28. russell

    Stan – your logic in the “6-7-8 SB’s when next best has 3-4″ sort of leaves out the Steelers (6) and the Cowboys (5), you are better than that haha.

    As to Kaep – tale of 2 halves. Dominant 1st half and Seattle adjusted where the Niners didn’t. He was the only offense the team had, hard to be upset when he broke down at the end.

    January 20th, 2014 8:12 pm

  29. B-Rad

    dharte’s second comment – ditto.

    Tell me that you wouldn’t like the NFL to use competent, full-time officials
    in all of the games rather than pathetic clowns like Gene Steratore’s
    bungling, motley crew on display yesterday. I’m sick, sick, and more sick
    of these investment brokers from Edward Jones, bakers and candlestick
    makers trying to perform this difficult job which requires a 100% percent
    effort and FULL-TIME officials. Although Gene ‘The Bungler’ Steratore is
    a full-time referee, if you watched the game you won’t be surprised to learn
    that he’s not a full-time football ref, but rather a college basketball referee.
    It also won’t surprise you that in the 5 days before the NFC championship,
    he was back in Indiana and New York ref-ing 3 basketball games. The NFL,
    and the Niners, would have been better served if he had been reviewing
    his NFL rule book.

    Seattle fans may feel they deserved a few extra calls go their way since they
    were royally screwed in the 2005-06 Super Bowl when the incompetents
    essentially gave the Steelers 2 TDs in their (the Steelers’) 21-10 victory. (We
    mustn’t blame Gene ‘The Bungler’ though since he wasn’t on the field that day.
    That was actually Terry ‘The Part-time Screw-up’ McAulay’s crew.)

    But who cares what the Sleazy Seahawks fans feel. These are the same scum-
    of-the-earth slimeballs that booed and threw debris on Navarro Bowman as
    he was being carted off the field on an injury gurney. Seahawks fans are the
    perfect slithering compliment to to Supercheater Pete Carroll. Pete has found
    a home. I know, I know, I know. You’re going to say “But all the Seahawks fans
    didn’t throw garbage on Bowman”. And you’re right, some of them couldn’t
    throw their beer cans that far.

    But I digress, if you think that I’m petitioning for the NFL to actually pay
    these guys and make them full-time, I am not! I’m just venting because
    I’m hurt. I wouldn’t actually want these cheap, money-grubbing SOB owners
    to make a penny less profit than they possibly can in an effort to
    improve this multi-billion dollar game.

    January 20th, 2014 9:09 pm

  30. k.g.

    My thoughts & prayers go out to Bowman, and hopefully his speedy recovery.

    Now I have a question about the play that ended in Bowman getting injured. I heard one of the announcers say that the receiver that caught the ball was deemed down, & Bowman took the football out of the receivers hand, so therefore it was not reviewable play?

    January 20th, 2014 10:43 pm

  31. dharte

    @MRO

    Now tell us how “the calls do even out in the end.”

    The correct call, a 15 yard roughing penalty, meant a 1st down and a huge swing in momentum and field position; you want to pretend that’s incidental, go ahead.

    Then perhaps you can explain how the two sideline officials with one job, spot the ball anywhere near the goal line, both managed to miss Navarro Bowman screaming and holding the football to his chest?

    A league of schmucks, always and only counting their money…and they don’t give a damn if the correct calls are made. They never have. Walsh went to his grave still ticked about that phantom pass interference call on Eric Wright in the ’83 NFC championship game in Washington. As well he should have.

    Calls do not even out. No, that’s a myth, like Catholicism.

    January 21st, 2014 3:08 pm

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