The 49ers went down big early. At one point they trailed 28-6. Then a power outage knocked the lights out of the Superdome and the Ravens. San Francisco proceeded to go on a rampage, getting as close as 31-29. Then the replacement refs either came back on the field without telling anyone, or the normal refs instantly went blind.
With the score 31-29, the 49ers went for a two point conversion after scoring a touchdown. Though the Ravens were clearly offsides, no flags were thrown and QB Colin Kaepernick threw an incomplete pass.
Wow. What a game! How big is that missed two-point conversion and non-call for offside going to loom?— Kumud Ajmani (@AjmaniK) February 4, 2013
Later, with less than two minutes left, on 4th and goal, the 49ers went for it, down 34-29. TE Vernon Wells was tackled in the end zone before the ball was even thrown, and fell as the ball went just over his fingers. The penalty was blatant, but the yellow stayed in the refs' pockets.
There should have been a penalty on that play, the refs just cost San Fran a great chance at a spectacular comeback.— Brandon New (@BrandonNew28) February 4, 2013
Even when the Ravens took an intentional safety with less than 10 seconds left, there was clear holding in the end zone against the 49ers, which allowed another 5 seconds to run off the clock. No flag again.
Look, what's that Raven doing to that 49er? Why, he's HOLDING him! So why didn't the refs give them a HOLDING PENALTY?! twitter.com/JacobSyndeo/st…— Jacob Pritchett (@JacobSyndeo) February 4, 2013
Quite frankly, it was a great game that turned absolutely awful in the last few minutes. I am extremely disappointed with how terrible the refs called the game in the final quarter, particularly after calling it so well in the three before.