Richard Sherman blames officiating for Seahawks’ loss

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth in the NFL with four interceptions.

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Richard Sherman isn’t typically one to make excuses, but the Seahawks cornerback believes some officiating calls helped the 49ers in their 19-17 win Sunday.

Sherman was called twice for holding on third downs, which led to points for San Francisco.

“We didn’t project it to be this way,” Sherman said after the game via 49ers.com. “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.”

The outgoing cornerback noted that 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who was making just his second start of the season since returning from a torn Achilles, didn’t have much of an impact on the outcome of the game.

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

Instead, Sherman was adamant it was all about the calls the officials made.

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