Dean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII. But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference against receiver Michael Crabtree on the key fourth and goal fade route on which the game turned.

“When you watch it at full speed, to me, it was a good non-call,” Blandino tells Bob Glauber of Newsday.

“I think the first thing you have to understand is that, once the ball is in the air, you can’t have defensive holding or illegal contact,” Blandino said. “Now you have to see if the contact raised to the level of pass interference. . . .

“With pass interference, you have to materially affect the receiver’s ability to catch the pass,” Blandino added. “Yes, there’s hand-fighting [between Smith and Crabtree], but Crabtree also has his hand on [Smith's] helmet. The pass was catchable, but the contact did not materially restrict Crabtree’s ability to catch the pass. He was jockeying for position and using his hands as well.”