49ers rumors now have Colin Kaepernick complaining the refs cost his team a game Sunday (Nov. 2). A fumble by Kaepernick with just two seconds left in the game caused the San Francisco 49ers lost to the St. Louis Rams 13-10. A report from CBS Sports on Monday (Nov. 3) reveals that the quarterback claims he scored and that his team was burned three times by the refs at the goal line.
After failing to get a touchdown on the first two plays in front of the goal line, the team called for a quarterback sneak up the middle. Kaepernick almost immediately fumbled the snap and from there it turned into a free-for-all in the bottom of the pile. The referees saw that the Rams recovered it in the end zone and the game was basically over. The play was reviewed and the call on the field was upheld.
Speaking about what took place after the game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh stated, “They [the refs] said they would review all of it — the clock, the catch, the spot. They came back with a ‘play stands. That was the only explanation.” That play wasn’t the only one reviewed, as Michael Crabtree had caught a pass to get the team to the one-yard line that some fans still feel was a touchdown. The officials stated that he didn’t break the plain and it led to the team getting two plays at the on-yard line.
As for the San Francisco 49ers rumors about what quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, he stated in the postgame press conference that, “I know I crossed the [goal] line.” Replays were certainly very inconclusive and it would be tough for the play to be overturned after a fumble was ruled. The situation blew up on social media, with many fans of the team complaining that they had just been cost the game by the refs. NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino released his own statement on Monday.
Blandino stated that, “Kaepernick goes into the pile, the umpire sees the ball loose, he has 55 on St. Louis recovering the loose ball. It went to review, we looked at it. There’s one angle from behind the defense where you can see Kaepernick going toward the ground, the ball does come loose, but you never saw a body part like an elbow or a knee down prior to that. It was impossible to tell where the ball was in relation to the goal line before it came out, so again, the ruling on the field stood.”
This game was a really bad one for the 49ers to lose, as they fall to third place in the NFC West at 4-4. They are now behind the 7-1 Arizona Cardinals and 5-3 Seattle Seahawks, but get games against both division leaders later this season. Can the 49ers overcome this loss to the Rams in Week 9? Or will they continue to complain about the refs?