Have give this some 'serious' thought...and come away with this:
Sherman and Crabtree were....in THEIR minds (and the only ones that mattered at the time)...were in a WAR, with the Super Bowl opportunity went to the winner, and the loser nobody will remember in another few years.
The 49er's had only thrown in Sherman's direction ONCE the entire game. That there is an indication of either the respect they had for him...or the loss in confidence of Crabree, their primary receiver.
So...it came down to about 40 seconds to history or the agony of defeat, etc..
They decided to test Sherman and he could have ended up...despite playing a tremendous game personally up to that point...a "goat" moniker.
Taking all this pressure he was exposed to, and the hard work and dedication it took to get to that second in time.....you have to give him a complete pass.
NOTE: What I didn't like is his recent comment that he thought "thug" was a synonym for the "N" word, and sometimes it bothered him. SHERMAN....play put the blame on those that have given "thug" a bad name.