The referees sure looked at Eagles wideout DeVonta Smith’s catch for an extremely long time to make absolutely certain they found an angle that justified them overturning it, huh? That was certainly what it felt like, especially in the wake of the fourth-down catch that probably shouldn’t have stood during the NFC Championship against the 49ers.
You live. You learn. You get another chance to ref an Eagles game and halt the momentum ever so slightly, and then you do it. Goodness knows the Chiefs defense can’t halt anything at the moment.
Just before half, with Jalen Hurts and Philly driving to make it a 28-14 game at the half, the lone blemish on their record being the Hurts fumble into the waiting grasp of Nick Bolton, Smith lunged down the sidelines and went silly once more … or did he?
Unfortunately, after an ages-long review, the referees decided to send the Eagles back to where they started. Somewhere, Dez Bryant nods in solemn silence.
49ers Twitter reacts to Eagles WR DeVonta Smith’s overturned catch in Super Bowl LVII
Certainly, there were angles that showed the ball loose and on the ground midway through Smith establishing himself.
But it was extremely obvious the referees erred in favor of overturning this one, especially after the controversy that ensued last time they let a Smith playoff juggle stand as originally called.
Needless to say, 49ers fans had trouble containing themselves after watching justice be done in the Super Bowl.
Oh, who are we kidding? It’s not just 49ers fans who are salty at the moment. Based on the way players like Deebo Samuel and Christian McCaffrey reacted this week, the players themselves are probably on their burners freaking out about the latest overturn.
Perhaps the Eagles can salt this one away in the second half and render the Smith Sequel irrelevant, huh? Would be much easier that way.
Let 49ers Twitter cry in their soup like the sea lions on the San Francisco docks.