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Harbaugh concerned Seahawks got away with too much

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San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he reached out to the NFL about concerns he had that the Seattle Seahawks got away with several defensive holding or illegal contact penalties that were not called during their game on Thursday night.

Harbaugh particularly felt that Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were given too much leeway, according to CSN Bay Area. The 49ers won Thursday night's game 13-6.

Sherman and Browner appeared to lock up 49ers wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Kyle Williams throughout the game.

"I wouldn't use the words, 'locked up,'" Harbaugh said Friday. "We'll take that up with the officials (NFL office) and get their view of it."

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith said Sherman and Browner probably should have been called for illegal contact "several times" in Thursday's game.

"If this is a point of emphasis of no contact after 5 yards, no question," Smith said.

"They've done it all year. When they played Green Bay, they were doing it to all those guys, (Greg) Jennings, all those guys. You turn on the Patriots (film) and same things," Smith added. "That's what they do. It's who they are. They're good at it. It's what they play, big corners, physical guys. I don't know how we didn't get a call. It seems like it gets called once a game and then it doesn't get called again."

Harbaugh said he hopes to get a clear answer from the league.

"I think it's just important thing to address," he said. "What is this all being defined as? Is it physical play within the rules? That's the biggest question. Is it within the rules what's happening? We have to ask that question. We have to know what the interpretation is."

Harbaugh also felt that Seahawks defensive lineman Chris Clemons got away with grabbing Smith's facemask during a pass play.

"It's not impossible to throw the ball when your helmet is turned and you're looking out the side of the earhole, but it makes it a lot harder," Harbaugh said.
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