The San Francisco 49ers were overwhelmed in the NFC Championship Game less than two weeks ago.
But some of the Niners’ players are still talking about the 31-7 loss to the Eagles. San Francisco was forced to sign veteran backup quarterback Josh Johnson when rookie starter Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury early in the first quarter.
All-Pro kicker Robbie Gould not only seems to feel that injuries ruined the 49ers’ chances of winning, but he also wasn’t impressed with the way the opposing team’s quarterback played in the game.
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Gould took a jab at Pro Bowler Jalen Hurts in an interview with The 33rd Team.
«If you get Jalen Hurts to play quarterback, you’re probably going to have a pretty solid day on defense,» Gould said.
Other 49ers players have made their feelings about the game clear. Star running back Christian McCaffrey has also made comments about how the NFC title game played out.
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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» earlier this week. «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.»
McCaffrey followed up those comments by mentioning in a separate interview with FanDuel’s Kay Adams that he felt the NFC title had been «stolen» from the 49ers.
Niners wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has even questioned the Eagles’ defense.
During the game, Johnson suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Purdy was forced to return to the game, but he was unable to throw a pass and turned the ball over for the remainder of the game.
Hurts honed his throwing during the offseason, and the fourth-year quarterback threw for a career-high 3,701 yards in 15 games. He also had a 66.5% completion percentage, his best since he entered the NFL.
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He was still efficient with his legs and rushed for 760 yards. Hurts earned his first Pro Bowl selection and was an MVP candidate for most of the season.