San Francisco 49ers fans, and even a player in the locker room claim that the NFL rigged the NFC Championship to ensure the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl
The Philadelphia Eagles cruised to an easy 31-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon, punching their tickets to Arizona for Super Bowl LVII.
The winning formula was obvious. The Eagles wanted to run the football on offense and rely on their defense to pressure the quarterback and make things uncomfortable for the 49ers’ offense. It worked, even with the Eagles not having their best game offensively.
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
How could this possibly happen? Well, the conspiracy theories started with Lane Johnson and his “blatant false starts” against the 49ers, which turned out to be completely false. Drew Smith debunked that here on The Liberty Line in a matter of minutes.
From there, we had people on social media going with the theory that the NFL simply rigged the NFC Championship Game for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Of course, that makes total sense. Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles got nothing but praise throughout the season and entering the playoffs, every national media outlet couldn’t wait to tell viewers and readers how great the Eagles and Hurts have played and how they are the “team to beat” in the playoffs.
(Obviously that’s sarcasm)
It wasn’t only butt hurt San Francisco 49ers fans pushing the NFL rigged the game conspiracy theory. It appears at least one player in the 49ers locker room put on their tin foil hat as well, claiming that once Brock Purdy got hurt, someone from the league offices must have called in a favor to ensure the Eagles would make it to the Super Bowl.
49ers player claims NFL rigged game for the Eagles
Speaking with Mike Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle, the deluded conspiracy theorist said: “It felt like once Purdy got hurt, someone at the league called down and said, ‘Make sure the Eagles get to the Super Bowl, and not them.”
We don’t know who the player was that was connecting pictures of First Lady (and Eagles fan) Jill Biden and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hanging out together at the Linc with yarn on a cork board, but whoever it is (Bosa probably) needs to get a grip.
In the age of the internet, nothing actually happened the way it seems but I can say with complete certainty that what happened in the NFC Championship wasn’t a result in an NFL conspiracy theory, the Eagles were just the better team, from coaching down to the water boys on the sidelines.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan failed his team early and often. He didn’t throw a flag on the DeVonta Smith 4th down conversion, and then followed up his first possession on offense by putting a backup tight end on Hasson Reddick, who made the 49ers pay by getting to Brock Purdy, causing a fumble, and knocking their starting quarterback out of the game.
Honestly, the first mistake that was made happened before kickoff. The decision not to dress QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the event of a freak injury to wunderkind Brock Purdy was baffling.
All of that happened before the midway point of the first quarter, but no, clearly the NFL rigged this game.
Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have to dwell too long on this latest slight against the team.
This is just sour grapes from sore losers.
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Mandatory Credit: Fox Sports