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KAEP: LAST PLAY WAS AUDIBLE

Monday - 2/4/2013, 2:36am  ET

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) reacts after throwing an incomplete pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Associated Press

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick came just short of leading the 49ers to an unprecedented Super Bowl comeback.

But with three chances to take the lead needing 5 yards for a touchdown, Kaepernick had three straight incompletions.

All three passes were intended for wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who got tangled up with a defender on the final play. No holding was called -- 49ers coach Harbaugh screamed from the sideline and signaled for a penalty.

Kaepernick's off-balance throw under pressure on fourth down sailed through the end zone. He lowered his head slightly and walked slowly off the field.

"That wasn't the original option," Kaepernick said. "It's something I audibled to at the line based on the look they gave us."

-- Janie McCauley -- http://twitter.com/JanieMcCAP

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