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Jim Harbaugh On SB No-Call: ‘Penalty Is A Penalty’

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Michael Crabtree (15) of the San Francisco 49ers could not catch this pass in the end zone near the end of the game in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 3, 2013. Baltimore won, 34-31. (Paul Morse/Getty Images)

Michael Crabtree (15) of the San Francisco 49ers could not catch this pass in the end zone near the end of the game in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 3, 2013. Baltimore won, 34-31. (Paul Morse/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) — Given his inability to keep a straight face, Jim Harbaugh must be a horrible poker player.

So it was hardly surprising when the San Francisco 49ers coach told the media shortly after the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl win that he thought the officials missed a pass interference call on wide receiver Michael Crabtree that would’ve given the 49ers a first-and-goal with 1:50 to go in the game.

Instead, Baltimore got the ball on downs, ran three plays, took a safety, and four seconds after Ted Ginn fielded the ensuing punt, Super Bowl XLVII was over.

During an appearance this week in San Francisco, Harbaugh was again asked about the idea of “letting players play” as it related to the Crabtree no-call.

“I would say it exactly like Bill Polian: A penalty is a penalty no matter when it occurs in a game,” he said. “It could occur on the first play of the game. It could occur on the last play of the game, or any play in between.

READ MORE on Harbaugh’s latest comments from CBS Sports

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