The Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championship Game after the 2022 season.
The crowd at Lincoln Financial Field didn’t have too much stress to handle during the second half.
A ferocious attack by the Philadelphia defensive line led to injuries for quarterbacks Brock Purdy and Josh Johnson.
The Eagles led by two touchdowns when an injured Purdy replaced Johnson in the third quarter. The 49ers didn’t have a quarterback healthy enough to pose a legitimate threat in the passing game.
49ers Fail To Move On
It’s common for NFL fan bases to harp on losses with disappointment and desperation to find a reason (or an excuse) for failure.
It’s not common for prominent NFL players to complain as much as the 49ers did after losing the NFC Championship Game.
Brandon Aiyuk, Jimmie Ward, and Robbie Gould all showed bad sportsmanship by speaking publicly with a tone that attempted to cheapen the accomplishments of the Eagles.
Deebo Samuel perpetuated the sour grapes attitude on May 5 during an interview with Complex Sports.
“We lost because we played with 10 people,” Samuel said. “ I ain’t going to keep going on about what could’ve happened and what would’ve happened but yeah, it would’ve definitely been a different outcome (if healthy).”
New NFL Rules
The NFL thankfully decided not to outlaw the “tush push” that helped the Eagles convert 36 of 39 sneaks for first downs during the 2022 season, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
However, the league has decided to grant a rule change largely as a reactionary move after the situation that occurred during the NFC Championship Game.
The NFL approved the use of a gameday roster spot on an emergency third QB.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) May 22, 2023
That QB can enter the game if 2 QBs are injured/disqualified. If an injured QB is cleared to return, the emergency QB must be removed.
The rule doesn’t help or hurt any NFL team more than another. However, the rule perpetuates five examples of flawed logic suggesting that the 49ers were somehow cheated in an illegitimate NFC Championship Game loss.