Conspiracy Theory Debunked: Lane Johnson getting away with ‘blatant false starts’ against the San Francisco 49ers
The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the San Francisco 49ers’ number one ranked defense on Sunday, punching their tickets to Super Bowl LVII.
The Eagles offense really didn’t even play that well but still managed to score 31 points on the 49ers thanks to a dominant performance from their offensive line and the running game.
Against the New York Giants, the Eagles ran the ball 44 times for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
The 49ers entered Sunday allowing just 78 rushing yards per game, which was the second fewest in the NFL. Teams don’t even try to run against San Francisco, but that definitely did not matter in the NFC Championship Game. After throwing on 11 of the first 17 plays in the first quarter, the Eagles focused on the ground attack, running the ball 38 out of their 52 remaining plays in the game.
Eagles Rushing vs 49ers
- Kenneth Gainwell: 14 CAR, 48 YDS
- Miles Sanders: 11 CAR, 42 YDS, 2 TD
- Jalen Hurts: 11 CAR, 39 YDS, 1 TD
- Boston Scott: 6 CAR, 21 YDS, 1 TD
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The Eagles scored four rushing touchdowns, a franchise postseason record and the most ever against the San Francisco 49ers in a playoff game. Still, San Francisco 49ers fans and “analysts” are searching for answers as to why the Eagles were so successful running the football, almost like they never watched Philadelphia’s offense throughout the regular season and literally last weekend against the Giants.
Of course, the answer had to be that the Philadelphia Eagles were cheating and they focused on Lane Johnson and his “blatant false starts” during the game. Emmanuel Acho posted a video in ultra slow-motion that was originally posted by a butt hurt Giants fan in a long and embarrassing threat on Twitter.
Fake News: Lane Johnson False Starts
The video itself racked up nearly a half a million views on Twitter and had people crying in the replies. Was it actually a penalty?
Of course, when you slow the video down it would appear that Lane Johnson is committing a penalty but that’s just not how it works. Luckily, Brian Baldinger put that to rest real quick, breaking down the entire situation.
“Watch Kelce start to squeeze and slide the ball. They’re simultaneous. Some guys just have a fast-twitch. The ball’s definitely moving, and Lane’s moving at the same time.”
To be clear, Lane Johnson was flagged only twice this season while playing 974 snaps. NFL referees don’t see what the slow-motion video shows in real time. Johnson is never called for false starts, which anyone with half of a brain would then realize that what he’s doing is not a problem.
Just a big old nothing burger from a bunch of fanbases that aren’t playing football anymore. Trust me, I would be mad too if my All-Pro Nick Bosa got manhandled by Lane Johnson, who’s playing with a torn abductor. It was embarrassing.