For the second consecutive NFL season, the 49ers reached the NFC Championship Game but failed to reach the Super Bowl.
But Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game at Lincoln Financial Field may have been more devastating than the 49ers’ past playoff losses under coach Kyle Shanahan. .
“I mean, it’s a terrible loss,” Shanahan told reporters after the loss.
The 49ers lost SuperLIV and the 2022 NFC Championship Game in the Shanahan era. However, in Sunday’s game against the Eagles, San Francisco played with one arm tied behind their back on offense as they were limited in their passing game.
Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury on the 49ers’ first possession. Backup signal caller Josh Johnson then left the contest after being hit hard on the 49ers’ first drive after halftime.
“It just means we lose,” George Kittle told reporters. “Last year, that is, [we] Fighting just to get into the playoffs, upset several teams, and had all the momentum this year. I played well in the first round, and I played well in the second. And we didn’t get to see all the 49er football we wanted to tape. But life just punches you in the face sometimes. And that’s what it is. ”
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San Francisco could only count on a running game against Philadelphia, scoring Christian McCaffrey on a 23-yard run in the second quarter, but failed to produce any more points after that drive. bottom.
The 49ers couldn’t overcome the obstacles under center to face the No. 1-seeded Eagles. Now the team is wondering what would have happened if Purdy hadn’t injured his elbow.
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