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How Bad Play-Calling Cost the San Francisco 49ers the Super Bowl
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Poor play-calling late in the game cost 49ers a chance to win the Super Bowl.

Did the refs get the call right? Was it defensive holding? Was it a good no-call?

People will debate that for weeks. No matter how you look at it, it was bad play-calling at the end of the game that led to the San Francisco 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

Throughout the entire second half, the Niners were nearly unstoppable. Watching them cruise up and down the field and assault a worn-out Baltimore Ravens defense with great play-calling had 49ers fans jumping for joy.

With just under three minutes left and the 49ers inside the 10-yard line, the almighty San Francisco machine was about to put the finishing touches on the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Then, as quickly as that moment came, it passed thanks to awful play-calling.

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