On 3rd & 3, Christian McCaffrey found himself in a 1-on-1 matchup against a player wearing No. 41. The result was as expected. An end around to Deebo Samuel led to a 12-yard touchdown run to give the 49ers a commanding 21-6 lead.
All hell broke loose on the ensuing drive. The Niners allowed a pair of third and long conversions, which ultimately did them in. If you want to beat a team the caliber of the Eagles, you have to get off the field when their offense needs seven and 12 yards on third down.
The big loss came when Dre Greenlaw body slammed DeVonta Smith, which led to an altercation between Dre and the Eagles security guard. Both parties were tossed.
Two Tush Push’s, and the Eagles came within eight points to make it 21-13.
A good team would answer a score by flipping the field and punting it back to the Eagles. Great teams answer a score with one of their own.
Purdy found Aiyuk open on 3rd & 8. McCaffrey gained 16 yards. Then, Deebo caught a short pass and turned it into a 48-yard touchdown in a way that only he’s capable of. The Eagles stadium went from screaming to deafening silence.
Steve Wilks’ defense didn’t let up, forcing a three-and-out. Then, it was McCaffrey time. He ran for seven, five, three, and then 15 yards.