If you’re feeling a bit mad watching the Super Bowl, 49ers fans, you’re not alone.
Two weeks ago in the NFC championship, Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith appeared to make an incredible catch against the San Francisco 49ers — except he didn’t. Replays on television showed he never really possessed the ball as he went to the ground.
The Eagles went on to win handily, 31-7, and the 49ers could only wonder what might have been.
Super Bowl 57 nearly had the same situation — up until the officials decided to look a little closer at the play just to make sure this time.
Jaleel Hurts appeared to connect with Smith at the Chiefs’ 15 late in the first half. That would have put the Eagles in very good position to possibly go up by two touchdowns on Kansas City.
Officials looked at the replay and ruled the catch incomplete.
A case of too little too late for the 49ers.
It was ruled incomplete, but DeVonta Smith has had some of the most amazing catches this season. https://t.co/LvL9DpVJdN
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) February 13, 2023
And a reminder of what we saw in the NFC Championship game.
JALEN TO DEVONTA OH MY 🔥
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— NFL (@NFL) January 29, 2023
The Eagles won that game 31-7.
Kyle Shanahan in Cabo watching the officials reverse that Devonta Smith catch
— Jordan Elliott (@splash_cousin) February 13, 2023
49ers fans watching the Devonta Smith catch get reversed.
— Iain MacMillan (@IainMacBets) February 13, 2023
That replay reversal of the DeVonta Smith catch/non-catch is just more proof that there is no one anywhere who knows what a catch is anymore. pic.twitter.com/YWs4ksQ6kl
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano) February 13, 2023
49ers fans reacting to a Devonta Smith “catch” actually getting challenged pic.twitter.com/Lm8QBw0DeR
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 13, 2023
49ers fans watching a Devonta Smith catch that wasn’t a catch pic.twitter.com/kIJsOAEVrR
— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) February 13, 2023
The Eagles still picked up three points on the drive and are up 24-14 in the Super Bowl even without the catch.