Richard Sherman says 49ers got 'benefit of a few calls' in win

Richard Sherman says the officials helped the 49ers Sunday. (USATSI)
If you were looking for a simple explanation for why the 49ers beat the Seahawks Sunday, cornerback Richard Sherman is here to help.

“We didn’t project it to be this way,” he said after the game, via “We expected to blow them out but they got the benefit of a few calls tonight throughout the game and that helps you especially on third down, we will see them again and it will be a different result.”

Sherman was flagged twice on third downs for holding, and the one accepted by the 49ers led to three points. But the cornerback was adamant that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who had missed almost the entire season while recovering from an Achilles injury, didn't have an impact on the outcome.

"It didn't make a difference," Sherman said. "It didn't make a difference at all."

So what did?

"The penalties," Sherman said. "That is what made the difference today."

San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin was unconcerned about Sherman's comments -- both after the game and during it.

"It is what it is,” Boldin said. “That's the way that I play. If guys want to pretend to be tough, then I look forward to it. Talking, that's just what they do, you know what I'm saying? So, I let my play speak for itself.”

With the win, the 49ers are 9-4 and the sixth seed in the NFC with three regular-season games remaining.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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