The San Francisco 49ers took an early 10-0 lead, but trailed 17-16 at halftime and suddenly found themselves in trouble.
They needed a momentum change against the Seattle Seahawks, and they got it.
They outscored the Seahawks 25-6 in the second half, and after the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan signaled which sparked the dominating second half.
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About five minutes into the third quarter, Deebo Samuel put the Niners in the red zone, but it appeared the Seahawks’ Johnathan Abram sprained the receiver’s ankle while making the tackle.
At least Abrams lifted Samuel’s leg and dragged him a few inches.
Since Samuel called for a flag, the players had to separate from each other. Samuel was slow to get up from the work.
Shanahan said the tackle «pissed off the team«, and the Niners refused to take their foot off the gas from there.
That drive ended in a Brock Purdy rushing touchdown run. On the Seahawks’ ensuing drive, the Niners recovered a Geno Smith fumble and turned it into another touchdown. The Niners scored on every one of their possessions in the second half.
49ers DOMINATE SEAHAWKS IN SECOND HALF TO ADVANCE IN NFL PLAYOFFS
Speaking to reporters after the game, Samuel said he stayed down because, apart from the fact that the tackle hurt his ankle, he wanted to Behave yourself and control their emotions.
Samuel got his revenge later in the game with a 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
«I don’t know what he was trying to achieve by doing that, but it wasn’t the smartest move for sure.» Niners linebacker Fred Warner he added, referring to Abrams.
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Samuel missed time earlier this season with an ankle injury and returned last week.
The Niners won their 11th straight game and await their opponent for the divisional round.