A lot of people are complaining about the “missed” holding call at the end of the Super Bowl.
I am not sure that was a missed call. Maybe.
It did not cost the 49ers a Super Bowl trophy. Falling 20 points behind cost them the game. Falling behind.
Sure, we can point to a bad break, tough luck or even poor refereeing as the root cause for coming in second. The real cause was failing to lead.
It was a great game. It was exciting. Great teams learn from mistakes and adjust. I think the 49ers may be on the way to building another dynasty. Sometimes long strings of victories start with a stinging defeat.
Don’t blame the refs. The team didn’t.
Chris Reich, TeachU.com