If a penalty had been called on Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith on the San Francisco's last play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVII, the 49ers very well may have been celebrating the organization's sixth Super Bowl.
Stores and websites across the country were prepared for a 49ers victory, ready with tens of thousands of shirts and sweaters proclaiming San Francisco as NFL champions.
Instead, the Ravens got the call (or no call) and the Lombardi Trophy.
So what happens to the gear the 49ers and their fans would have been wearing had they won?
Darren Rovell of ESPN is reporting that retailers who had purchased that merchandise are in the process of donating it to Worldvision, a Christian humanitarian organization that has worked to aid impoverished nations.
Jeff Fields, Worldvision's corporate relations director, told Rovell that at least five countries will receive 49ers championship clothing: Zambia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Armenia and Romania.
"We're going to some really remote parts of the world," Fields said. "They don't have the Internet. They don't know about the 49ers or about American football."
Fields says the most gear Worldvision has received was in 2008, when the undefeated and heavily favored New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
According to Rovell, the total price of this year's merchandise donated by stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, Sports Authority and the NFL to Worldvision exceeds $1 million.
For more information on Worldvision and previous runner-up gear, ThePostGame's 2011 feature.
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