Super Bowl XLVII postscript: 49ers fall short of Ravens, final plays questioned
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“At the end of the game, it went like it did,” Crabtree told 49ers.com. “There was a lot of contact… It happened like that."
Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick had driven the 49ers to the Ravens' seven yard line with 2:39 left in the game. However, a short run and three incomplete passes later, the Niners offense left the field defeated and dejected. Running back Frank Gore, who had rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown earlier in the game, wasn't included in any of the four plays. NFL.com reported several San Francisco players weren't happy with the plays called deep in the red zone at the end of the game.
"As a player, all I could think of was maybe running a different play, but that's just a player mentality," tight end Vernon Davis said, via The Associated Press. "[49ers offensive coordinator] Greg Roman, he called the shots. We gotta go with it and respect his calls. He believed in it, we believed in it, but it just didn't work."