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We admit it. After 49ers cornerback Chis Culliver made antigay remarks in an interview a few days ago we weren’t exactly rooting for him to make any career defining plays during yesterday’s televised Beyoncé concert – AKA the Super Bowl.
However, the athlete seemed to have an especially rough time during the game, resulting in headlines like “49ers CB Chris Culliver’s Controversial Super Bowl Week Ends in Misery” to flood the internet today.
According to USA Today:
After his anti-gay comments became a major distraction for the team in the latter part of Super Bowl week, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback's performance in Sunday night's 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Baltimore Ravens may end up finding him on the receiving end of some angry rhetoric from fans at Candlestick Park next season.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went after the second-year nickel corner early and often in the first half of the game, hitting Anquan Boldin with a 30-yard strike while Boldin was matched up with Culliver in the first quarter. It got even worse on the Ravens' final drive of the first half, with Flacco targeting Culliver on two incomplete passes, the second of which easily could have been called an offensive pass interference call on Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith.
After Culliver complained about the lack of a flag, he was picked on again, getting caught way out of position by receiver Jacoby Jones, who easily blew past him before juking safety Dashon Goldson for a 56-yard touchdown.
Was Culliver’s poor performance on Sunday a case of karma balancing the scale or just a case of an athlete being off his game?
We’re not sure, but we may have cracked a smile during one or two of these moments. Maybe.