San Francisco 49ers star Christian McCaffrey appeared to still be furious about how the team’s NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles played out.
McCaffrey scored the team’s only touchdown in a 31-7 loss two weeks ago. The loss sent the 49ers home for the second year in a row, as they were on the brink of a Super Bowl appearance. But having two fewer quarterbacks in the game and forcing Brock Purdy to play and not being able to throw has yet to sit well with the running back.
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«It’s hard to win an NFL football game without a quarterback, let alone the NFC Championship Game,» McCaffrey told «PFT Live» on Wednesday. «I wish they would have changed the rule where you’re allowed to carry three … I think they should change that. It’s not good for us, obviously. It’s not good for the fans looking at not having a quarterback. I hope there’s something that them to do with that breakthrough so you can stay in the fight.»
The NFL changed the rules to require just two quarterbacks on game days, but the sticky situation arose in the NFC Championship when Purdy suffered a UCL tear in his throwing elbow and his backup, veteran quarterback Josh Johnson suffered a concussion later in the game.
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Purdy returned but did not throw passes.
In a separate interview with FanDuel’s Kay Adams, he said that he felt the title had been «stolen» from the team.
«You don’t want to make excuses, but it just sucks, because we wish we had a healthy quarterback for a full game and see how the game would have played out,» he said. «We played against a very good team, but it seems like something was stolen from you. I wish it had been different.»
When asked on NFL Network who he was rooting for in Super Bowl LVII, the running back added another hard-hitting joke.
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«I hope both teams lose.»
Super Bowl LVII will take place on Sunday at 6:30 pm ET. The game can be seen on FOX.