Baltimore Expected Kaepernick from the 5-Yard Line and More NFC West News

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Baltimore Expected Kaepernick from the 5-Yard Line and More NFC West News
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Jim Harbaugh and company needed five yards on three plays to take their first lead of Super Bowl XLVII. The lead change could have easily made their quest for six Super Bowls a reality, but questionable play calls and one specific no-call from the officials changed Sunday's outcome.

Despite the no-call, wide receiver Michael Crabtree had no problem with it, even if he was the one being held on the play. Crabtree told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, "It is what it is, man. It was the last play, and I'm not going to blame the refs. It is what it is. It came down to the last play and it didn't happen."

He's right. It didn't happen, yet many still believe that it could have happened if either Frank Gore or Colin Kaepernick were given a shot on one of the three final play calls. When reporters asked left tackle Joe Staley if he would have at least liked to have seen another run play on one of the downs from the 5-yard line, he replied with a simple, "Yeah."

Moreover, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees surely expected to see some type of run play. More specifically, a quarterback run from Kaepernick. "We really thought it was going to be some kind of a quarterback run down in there, so basically we pressured almost every down in there." Pees told this to the media after the game.

Unfortunately for the 49ers, all of their hard work and preparation came down to five yards on the final three plays.

 

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