(NEW YORK) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree told the NFL Network that he lost vision after being hit hard in the face near the goal line during Super Bowl XLVII.
Crabtree was targeted on the final three plays of the game, which the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 31-27. He said he took a shot from Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith that temporarily blinded him.
“When the guy hit me, he hit me all in the face,” Crabtree told the NFL Network. “I’m not tripping. I’m not one to whine about nothing, but he hit me all in the face and I couldn’t really see after he hit me.”
He later went on to say that his sight returned for the next snap, which was a fourth down that the team was unable to convert.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN