Jim Harbaugh tried to offer a diplomatic answer, but he was still simmering after Sunday's game – clearly upset the officials did not call a penalty on Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith on San Francisco's final play. The 49ers had fourth down on the Ravens' 5-yard line when Colin Kaepernick lofted a pass toward Michael Crabtree in the right corner of the end zone. Smith appeared to hold Crabtree while the ball was in the air, but no penalty was called. "We want to handle this with class and grace," Harbaugh said. "We had several opportunities in the game; we didn't play our best game." And then, a moment later, he added, "There's no question in my mind there was a pass interference and then a hold on Crabtree on the last one." Harbaugh also was unhappy about a call earlier in the fourth quarter. Baltimore's Joe Flacco threw an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-9 from his 22-yard line – but officials called pass interference on 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, giving the Ravens a first down. (Harbaugh didn't appear to have as strong a case on this one.) The Ravens took advantage of the penalty, driving downfield for Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal with 4:23 left. That stretched Baltimore's lead to 34-29 at the time and ultimately provided the decisive points. Jones' big return: Baltimore's Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, seemingly turning out the lights on the 49ers with the touchdown on the second-half opening kickoff. It was the receiver's second touchdown of the game and put the Ravens up 28-6 – but that was before the lights really went out at the Superdome. "I am still tired from running the 108," Jones said after the game. "As a kick returner, all you want to do is get field position and wait for one to pop. And that one popped! I was following the blockers and then I saw the daylight." The return was originally ruled 109 yards but a review made it 108. So the record return (regular season or postseason) does not equal the longest play in NFL history. San Diego's Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field- goal try 109 yards in 2007. The Ravens became the first team with two Super Bowl kickoff returns for touchdowns. Jermaine Lewis had one for Baltimore after the 2000 season. Jones, from New Orleans, was definitely the Ravens' Most Valuable Player in the week before the Super Bowl, thanks to his mom's home cooking. Emily whipped up some gumbo, jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, stuffed bell peppers, potato salad and bread pudding for the players all week. "That did play a role in the win," Jones said. Look, no lights: Even though Sunday's third-quarter power outage seemed to rejuvenate the 49ers, the Ravens didn't seem to mind. Flacco even mused about still playing the game, semi-darkness and all. "The funny thing is, the light was actually really good when the lights went out," he said. "I don't know what it looked like on TV, but I think the receivers still would have been able to see the ball.
Non-call on final pass irks Harbaugh
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 4