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Cary Williams says he didn't know he shoved a referee

Cary Williams clearly shoved an official with two hands last night, and walked away unpunished. (Al Bello/Getty Images) Cary Williams clearly shoved an official with two hands last night, and walked away unpunished. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

During an altercation that broke out last night after Ed Reed's interception, Cary Williams clearly shoved a ref with two hands. He could have been ejected immediately for shoving the ref, but got away without even a penalty flag.

Williams said he didn't know who he was pushing, his helmet had been kicked off and he could barely see.

"It was a situation where I didn't see who the heck I pushed. Those guys kicked my helmet off, took my helmet off man, it's just a part of the process. Whatever," Williams said. "It's a reaction. You see teammates out there getting hit late, guys pulling guys after the whistle. My helmet came off, I couldn't barely see, and I just reacted. It is what it is."

The fight was the result of nearly a half unchecked play, with tension building on both sides because the officials didn't have control of the game. Williams called the 49ers "a little dirty," and said it was part of the Ravens defense to show toughness.

"I mean, I just felt like those guys were a little dirty. The refs should have thrown flags on them early on them in the game to stop that junk,” Williams said. “Sometimes you’ve got to retaliate, sometimes you have to show people we aren’t going to be pushed around."

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