Jerry Rice, the San Francisco 49ers legend, criticized the referees on the Tremendous Bowl on Wednesday over important calls following his outdated staff’s 31-20 loss in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Corridor of Famer appeared on the 95.7 The Recreation’s “Joe Lo and Dibs” present, which covers sports activities within the Bay Space.
“We had some unhealthy calls too in opposition to us,” Rice stated. “The one proper with [George] Kittle proper earlier than halftime. I am like, ‘Are you critical? Come on!’ I perceive if you happen to actually prolong your arm however let the gamers play.”
The offensive move interference name on Kittle erased a 42-yard achieve which might have set the staff up in discipline purpose vary earlier than the tip of the primary half.
The all-time chief in receiving yards in NFL historical past additionally went after a few calls within the fourth quarter, together with a move interference name in opposition to 49ers security Tarvarius Moore — who was protecting Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce.
He then felt Chiefs working again Damien Williams stepped out of bounds earlier than breaking the aircraft of the purpose line throughout the Chiefs go-ahead landing with roughly three minutes left within the recreation.
“Then the one with, I believe, Kelce, that interference,” Rice stated, in response to the report. “Then the one which, I assume, was a landing with the man [Damien Williams]. I felt he stepped out of bounds earlier than he caught the ball over the pylon. You possibly can’t make excuses or something like that. We had an opportunity. We misplaced the sport most likely within the final 5 minutes. We had been proper within the ball recreation.”
The NFL stated there was “no clear and apparent proof to overturn” the decision.
“It was devastating for me,” Rice added, in response to SFGate. “It is one thing that I can not recover from proper now. It should take some time, and I am hoping it is the identical method for the gamers.”
Rice performed for 20 seasons within the NFL and nonetheless holds the report for many receptions [1,549] receiving yards [22,895] and touchdowns  in NFL historical past. He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2010. The 49ers have but to win a Tremendous Bowl with out Jerry Rice or Joe Montana.
Fox Information’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to the report