Santa Clara, Calif.—A play that definitely set someone else on fire San Francisco 49ers Encountering the NFC Championship Game was out of script, which is a good fit for this edition of the franchise.
With just over five minutes remaining in the third quarter, the score was dallas cowboys Sunday, 49ers quarterback brock purdy Smuggled to his left, arm tilted.all options that were design It was never open in play.And it probably would have been dead except for the giant white glove in the air belonging to the tight end George Kittlewas inexplicably leaking from downfield into empty space.
If so i saw purdy In the previous seven games, it was where he was a little different at the quarterback position. A man who, as head coach Kyle Shanahan once said, can move, stretch his play, and “run around and do something.”
Usually he had to rely on the abundance of talent around him to get it right. And suddenly here was his star tight end. open your eyes like dinner plates, a baseball mitt-sized hand in the air. Purdy had to plant and throw a little across the field on a play that went long and ran out of safe options. For seasoned veterans, it represents a risk, and for newcomers, it’s virtually off the rails.
Of course Purdy threw it. that’s his job. That’s what this whole team does, and in retrospect enough, it actually goes where it shouldn’t have.
What happened next were highlights and advanced physics content.Purdy let go of his own 14 yards at his line and saw Kittle tip it with his right hand at 39 yards, removing the facemask at 40 yards and into his left fingertips at 41 yards..at 47. — Just like the Cowboys cornerbacks Trevon Diggs Missed a devastating hit by inches. The 30-yard gain sent the crowd into a frenzy as it was part of his 10-play, 91-yard drive that ended in a touchdown. 49ers never surrendered after 19-12 win over Cowboys.
“I literally haven’t even read the book. [on the play]After the 49ers win, Kittle said. “I saw something like space, but he hadn’t thrown it yet, so I was up the field. He gave me catch, so I was just dramatic.” It’s for TV, you know, try to be a little bit more dramatic, get the ratings up, that’s all we’re here for.”
no, maybe not all The 49ers are here. With a Super Bowl spot on the table again, San Francisco is now philadelphia eagles Join us next weekend for the NFC title game. Kittle and Purdy deliver one of the last offseason’s biggest soap operas, the 49ers, to a place that seemed unlikely as the season approached, a circus catch that completely circles this whole thing. is created.
Listening to Kittle on Sunday and watching the energy enter the locker room after the team’s win over Dallas, that drama seemed so far away. It’s an amazing testament to the spate of imperfections. It suggests that even when many things seem uncertain or sideways, with time, talent, or coaching (or all three), they can all be put back together. doing.
Let’s not forget, it wasn’t too long ago that Kittle made a media round last June with a publicity stunt for a tight-end college venture.wide out Deebo Samuel had requested a transaction And some opined that he played his last game with the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo Still recovering from shoulder surgery and somehow still on the roster, but at the same time being told to stay away. Trey Lance Able to be an accurate passer, not to mention withstand the ransom of the draft capital spent to acquire him. Incredible offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel said, miami dolphins I took the blueprints for his awesome run game. Free agency was mostly quiet, with no first-round picks in the draft class, but the final pick for “Mr. Irrelevant.” And with the season kicking off, the familiar injury bug arrived just in time.
By the end of Week 7, the 49ers were 3-4. Lance finished the season and Garoppolo became the starting quarterback againEven in the running back trade Christian McCaffrey It seemed optimistic and desperate at worst. But that’s what makes this season interesting for the 49ers. They have been dismissed as corpses in the “big picture” many times over the past year.From the drama of Lance and Garoppolo to the early injuries, from the quick start to the aftermath Garoppolo had to rely on Purdy after injurythe 49ers seemed somehow hovering above the chaos, if not a baffling failure.
Of course, we know things we didn’t know a year ago, six months ago, or even eight weeks ago.that defense end Nick Bosa And the units around him become healthy, turning into deadly tools at the hands of the coordinator. Demeko LyonsThat McCaffrey is great for deep, wholesome, well-timed and synchronized offense.that some other NFC Candidates Begin to Fade, giving them a road to the second seed in the postseason and a pair of home playoff games. Or, most importantly, Shanahan was right when he insisted he was a viable starter, sticking with Purdy rather than playing for another castoff experienced at quarterback. (for example, baker mayfield).
It’s strange how these things have combined for a team that has won the Super Bowl over the past few seasons. Click and forget everything else. Two years ago we saw it happen with the Tampa Buccaneers Tom Brady, 7-5 years old, written off by mid-December. last year?forget the history los angeles rams Coming in December 7-4, it looked like another solid team with a shot to make some noise.
No one remembers the drama surrounding those teams or the details that weren’t put together. I thought everyone needed to look perfect, but didn’t realize they were both in the process of becoming perfect, and that’s how this his 49ers team feels. Seattle Seahawks Wear out your cowboys and then hit the road and you might fall eagle steam Some still doubt that they can be beaten with a rookie quarterback at the helm.
Like the past two Super Bowl winners, this is an off-script pass. A wideout who didn’t want to be in town six months ago, a quarterback who wasn’t supposed to be in town, a coaching staff who may have stumbled in his NFC title fight last season and missed the Super Bowl. window. If you go back in time over the last year and follow all the unexpected turns, you’ll find many reasons why the 49ers shouldn’t be moving into range again.
But they go there anyway. That’s what this team and this quarterback do.